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The Big Trail

You can watch the entire film in it’s Grandeur-vision glory on youtube, this is the full version directed by Raoul Walsh and starring John Wayne in his first starring role in 1930 click here Advertisements

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Westerns set in Mexico

Last night I watched Viva Zapata . . . Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn (won an oscar).  It got me thinking about “westerns” set in Mexico, some during the Mexican revolution (1908 – 1920).  While these films sure look and … Continue reading

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Trampas and the Virginian

In the most reproduced scene from the most popular Western of all time the cowboy hero known only as the Virginian confronts the cowboy villain Trampas across a poker – when Trampas calls the hero “you son of a . … Continue reading

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Owen Wister: Inventor of the Good-guy Cowboy

In researching films for the next series of Westerns in the Fall I came across this fascinating story . . . click here

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Westerns

Films about the west, cowboys, buffaloes, indians, infnatry, rustling cattle;  Roy Rogers, Hoot Gibson, Tom Hix, Clint Eastwood, Barbara Stanwyck, John Wayne, Shelly Winters, John Huston, John Ford . . . . the list goes on of the great who’ve … Continue reading

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Astaire and Rogers

I hope everyone is looking forward to seeing the first six movies starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, the greatest dancing partnership Hollywood has ever seen.  We’ll start with “The Gay Divorcee” on Wednesday, January 10 at 12:30pm at the … Continue reading

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Alfred Hitchcock and the visuals of movie making – Strangers on a Train

Hitchcock was a classical technician in controlling his visuals, and his use of screen space underlined the tension in ways the audience is not always aware of. He always used the convention that the left side of the screen is … Continue reading

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