Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Capital Celluloid 2018 - Day 114: Wed Apr 25

The Lusty Men (Ray, 1952): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 6.15pm


This great Nicholas Ray film will be screened from 35mm and also introduced by Ray scholar Geoff Andrew whose book on the director (details here) is highly recommended.

Chicago Reader review:
A masterpiece by Nicholas Ray—perhaps the most melancholy and reflective of his films (1952). This modern-dress western centers on Ray's perennial themes of disaffection and self-destruction: Arthur Kennedy is a young rodeo rider, eager for quick fame and easy money; Robert Mitchum is his older friend, a veteran who's been there and knows better. Working with the great cinematographer Lee Garmes, Ray creates an unstable atmosphere of dust and despair—trailer camps and broken-down ranches—that expresses the contradictory impulses of his characters: a lust for freedom balanced by a quest for security. With Susan Hayward, superb as Kennedy's wife.
Dave Kehr


Here (and above) is the trailer.

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