Johnny Guitar [Blu-ray]
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Johnny Guitar [Blu-ray]
"I've never seen a woman who was more like a man," a character observes of Vienna (Joan Crawford), who has just opened a saloon that hasn't exactly endeared itself to the local townspeople. Emma (Mercedes McCambridge), the local sexually repressed, lynch-happy harpy, is particularly displeased. Vienna is wooed both by the Dancin' Kid (Scott Brady) and by Johnny Guitar (Sterling Hayden), a peripatetic tough guy-turned-troubadour with whom she has a past.
When the Kid's gang (which includes Ernest Borgnine) decides to knock over the bank before heading to California, Emma wants just about everyone in sight on the business end of a rope. Nicolas Ray's 1954 epic was considered one of the downright strangest Westerns of all time--the women were far tougher than the men (Johnny watches on laconically during the bank robbery, not bothering with heroics), and some saw in the film a bizarre allegory for the McCarthy Red scare. A half-century later, it's still a curious, intriguing piece of moral ambiguity from a time when such a thing ostensibly didn't exist. Hayden is an enigmatic presence, and Crawford's commanding star turn is what you'd expect. --David Kronke --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is perhaps Crawford's best role, she bites into her lines before spitting them out, never blinks and each close-up is so heavily filtered that she is a goddess. How close it is to her actual persona depends on how factual you believe Mommie Dearest to be. When she fiddles with her scarf while the men strut trying futilely to draw her attention away from a mirror, or leaks a tragic tear, it is sheer camp diva bliss.
Panned on release in 1955 - except in France where it was declared a masterpiece and Francois Truffaut called it, "the Beauty and the Beast of westerns" - it has grown in stature over the years to become a revered cult camp classic. Roger Ebert summed it up best when proclaiming Johnny Guitar one of the all time "great movies,"
Full review of Johnny Guitar at: http://drewrowsome.blogspot.ca/2015/05/johnny-guitar-when-camp-becomes-art.html
...This BR release is fine and I received it quickly and well packaged.
this film. But lovers of true cult should have their heads examined
for not having this film in thier collection. Ground breaking in so
many ways. This film not only predicted the feminist movement by a
mile it also plays on the communist themed witch-hunt if you really
want to read into it. Dispite it's title, Joan Crawford plays lead
it this stagebrush saga of two desparate women trying to hold on to
the only man who meant something in their lives. And what a cast of
stars! Sterling Hayden as Johnny, Ward Bond, Ernest Borgnine, Scott
Brady and of course Mercedes McCambridge as the "other woman" and I must say Technicolor never looked better in a western,I counted
at least six shades of red in Crawford's lipstick alone. I'm not
talking "The searchers" or anyhthing but its just a great obcure
film to sit back and relax with. So where's the DVD already?
On the surface you have title character "Johnny Guitar"---onetime ace gunfighter, now laconic loner and wanderer who has renounced his violent past and refuses to wear his guns. He looks up an old saloon-girl love (Joan Crawford as "Vienna") only to discover a town in turmoil---both his gal and the General Good need defending...
You might think you see what's coming: Johnny, after agonized moral deliberation, straps on his guns again and rights the prevalent wrongs, possibly with the help of his lady-friend, who's ambivalent about his violent past... A la "High Noon", et al.
But NO... Which is what makes this movie such an interesting, important milestone in the Western genre. Johnny G's role in the proceedings is almost immediately negligible; he hangs around the saloon and watches his past amour Vienna first boss around her employees, then confront the angry lynch-mob that stomps in, then placate the bunch of alleged outlaws who drunkenly seek refuge from a sandstorm and proceed to tussle with the already-assembled law folk... Vienna vanquishes all foes, with Johnny making smart remarks, but doing little else, throughout. Even after the law leaves and Johnny brawls with a gang-member, all of his action is off-camera---while we see Vienna parry verbally with one outlaw inside the saloon, we hear the sounds of scuffling outside, then witness the defeated bad guy come stumbling through the swinging doors. (Now WHEN has a Western EVER deprived us of a good old-fashioned street-brawl?? Aside from gunfights, that's the next best excuse for action.)
Johnny and Vienna DO kiss and make up, of course.Read more ›
JOHNNY GUITAR certainly represents one of the most important Hollywood westerns, recognised at the time of its initial release by critics throughout Europe.
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Enjoyed this Western very much, fine cast , good acting, I am not a big fan of Joan Crawford but loved her in this part.Published 21 months ago by M. A. Dean
Crawford is great and so also is surrounding cast. This is a true original western classic, but not to everyone's taste. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Celluloidphile
Le produit m'a été livré dans le délai prévu. La qualité mentionnée était exacte. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2013 by MFJ
Sometimes you wonder what made folks fund a movie at a certain point in time, and I kinda wonder that about they who funded "Johnny Guitar". Read morePublished on April 26 2002 by Linda McDonnell