Saturday, September 19, 2009

SHANE (1953)

A Classic Western, made by George Stevens, one of the most graceful filmmakers of yesteryears. Shane (Alan Ladd) is handsome young drifter by chance arrives to a farming valley and meets Starrett family and becomes a helping hand to protect their farming land from threats of ruthless Ryker and gang. After their shameful encounter with Shane, Ryker hires black outfitted gunslinger Wilson. The family’s young son starts admiring the heroics and bravery of Shane. The film ends with expected ending with a heartbreaking scene where nomadic rider sets off for his next journey leaving his young admirer kid Joey.

George Stevens is one of the respected American filmmaker and he made some of the classic Hollywood films like ‘Gunga Din’, ‘A Place in the Sun’ and ‘Giant’. Just like John Ford he brought American male character central figure in his films. Desire and Conscience most prominently embedded in most of his films’ lead characters. This film got 6 Academy nominations including Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actors and Best screenplay. The film won just one for its blissful countryside color cinematography.

Ratings- 8.5/10

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