The Salvation

Mads Mikkelsen takes aim in the western The Salvation

    Anyone for a Danish western, a great one? Made by one of the Dogme boys? If you look up Dogme in the Wikipedia, it will tell you that this particularly austere style (no music, no lights, no effects) was founded by two Danes, Von Trier and Vinterberg, who were soon joined by two …

The Salvation Read More »

The Hi-Lo Country

Woody Harrelson and Billy Crudup in The Hi-Lo Country

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     16 July   Potsdam Conference, 1945 On this day in 1945, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill and Harry Truman arrived in Potsdam, where they were over the next two weeks to decide the shape of the world in the wake of …

The Hi-Lo Country Read More »

The Searchers

John Wayne in The Searchers

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     26 May   John Wayne born, 1907 On this day in 1907, Marion Robert Morrison was born, in Winterset, Iowa, USA. He was named after the Civil War veteran Marion Mitchell Morrison, and the young Marion’s middle name would be …

The Searchers Read More »

El Topo

Alejandro Jodorowsky takes a dip in El Topo

    Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1970 movie is considered to be one of a handful that changed the way films were watched… and made. Signalling the shift into, and legitimisation of the hitherto critically rarely considered genre movie, El Topo simultaneously satirises and adds to its chosen area of operations. Which is the western, the spaghetti …

El Topo Read More »

Duel in the Sun

The French poster for Duel in the Sun, featuring Jennifer Jones and Gregory Peck

    Martin Scorsese reckons Duel in the Sun was the first film he ever saw and one of the reasons he became a director. It was made in the mid 1940s when David O Selznick was still basking in the glow of Gone with the Wind, in terms of bums on seats the biggest …

Duel in the Sun Read More »

Once Upon a Time in the West

Henry Fonda is the baddie in Once Upon A Time In The West

      By 1967, after countless Italian sword and sandal epics and three astonishingly successful spaghetti  Westerns (A Fistful Of Dollars, A Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly), director Sergio Leone was tired of men in period costume and was eager to try his hand at something more contemporary. It …

Once Upon a Time in the West Read More »