Capital Celluloid 2019 - Day 286: Sun Oct 13

Ride Lonesome (Boetticher, 1959): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 2pm

63rd LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (2nd-13th October 2019) DAY 12

Every day (from October 2nd to October 13th) I will be selecting the London Film Festival choices you have a chance to get tickets for and the movies you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to see them at the Festival. Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't worry if some of the recommended films are sold out by the time you read this as there are always some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each screening. Here is all the information you need about the best way to get tickets.

Time Out review:One of the best of the Budd Boetticher/Randolph Scott Westerns, bleaker but not too distant in mood from the autumnal resignation of Sam Peckinpah's Ride the High Country, as Scott's ageing lawman lets time catch up with him and foregoes (even as he achieves) the vengeance he had planned on the man who hanged his wife so long ago that the killer, taxed with it, says 'I 'most forgot'. It's deviously structured as an odyssey of cross-purposes in which Scott captures a young gunman (James Best) and proceeds to take him in, ostensibly for the bounty on his head. Actually, Scott hopes to lure Best's brother (Lee Van Cleef), the man who killed his wife, into a rescue bid; two outlaw buddies (Pernell Roberts and James Coburn) tag along, biding their time, desperate to collect the amnesty that goes with Best's capture; the presence of a pretty widow (Karen Steele) stokes a measure of sexual rivalry; and there are Indians about. Beautifully scripted by Burt Kennedy, with excellent performances all round as the characters evolve through subtly shifting loyalties and ambitions, it's a small masterpiece.
Tom Milne

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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