Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Man From Laramie (1955) : Tell Me Who I Am

"Who is it that can tell me who I am?" - King Lear

I love Westerns. The simple pleasures of seeing the world from the back of a horse, visiting the open sky and plains and possibilities of an adventurous life in a movie is a vicarious joy. Beyond this, some of the best of the genre may alert me to the connections between actions, consequences and our own human limitations.

In the Westerns that Anthony Mann made between 1950-1955 with the squarest of actors, Jimmy Stewart, there's also an appealing grandeur and all too human unruliness in the movies that appeals to me. Despite a previous acquaintance with the seven other Mann-Stewart collaborations on screen, somehow, I didn't expect this last film of the duo, The Man From Laramie (1955) to be quite so effective. After all, it's only a 53 year old cowboy movie....More at the TCM Movie Morlocks 


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