Thursday, August 25, 2005
I didn't realize I'm a fan of western films until just recently...I had made a remark here at work a couple weeks back that I had only seen 3 or 4 in my life and was interested in seeing more. Fellow storyman Jim Reardon was quick to respond by giving me twelve of his favorites to watch in specific order (top to bottom in the picture above).
It's been a great experience so far. I have made my way from Shane through Winchester 73, and I have a newfound appreciation for westerns. Shane is so incredibly simple and effective; Jack Palance is terrifying just sitting at at table, saying nothing, doing nothing. And when he speaks...bone chilling. My Darling Clementine is an awesome character piece, beautifully directed by John Ford and Henry Fonda is awesome.
These films are having an effect as I continue to work on Rose and Isabel. More analysis to come as I make my way through the list...
in order from top to bottom:
My Darling Clementine
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Once Upon a Time in the West
The Wild Bunch