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Johnny Guitar

It’s hard today to imagine the impact an actress like Joan Crawford had on the entertainment scene. Fiercely independent, she refused to play the ‘studio system’ game, forging a career that saw her move from bit-parts in ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Vengeance Trails: Four Classic Westerns

In the mid-1960s, Sergio Leone’s celebrated Dollars trilogy starring Clint Eastwood paved the way for a new kind of western. Gone were the days of the romanticised west with stars like Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne – the films w...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Marlene Dietrich at Universal 1940-1942

In 1999, Marlene Dietrich was named the ninth greatest female screen legend of classic Hollywood cinema, and her reputation has only grown in the last 20 years. One of the most iconic and recognisable stars in film history, her...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Specialists

From Sergio Corbucci, the legendary director of Django, Navajo Joe, The Great Silence, Companeros and The Mercenary comes The Specialists, starring French music and film great Johnny Hallyday (The Man On The Train, Détective, V...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jane Got A Gun

Given that Jane Got A Gun appeared on 2011’s Black List, a list comprised of the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood, it’s amazing that it ended up being such a nightmare to get made. Because watching Jane Got A Gun you are co...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Forsaken

The Sutherlands share some quality time together in this by-the-numbers Western. Kiefer stars as John Henry Clayton, a grizzled war vet trying to put his gun-slinging days behind him and make amends with his dear old dad Willia...
 
 
 
 
 
 

My Darling Clementine

After spending the Second World War commanding a high-profile film-making unit, legendary director John Ford returned to 20th Century Fox and decided to make a western. Given that Ford hadn’t made a western for over a decade pr...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bad Land: Road to Fury

Do not be fooled by the title and cover; if you had a look, you may think this is some sort of cheap cash-in on Mad Max: Fury Road (In fact, this films’ title was originally Young Ones). With the near future, desert setting, an...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Day of Anger

Tonino Valerii sprang from the great genre melting pot that was the Italian film industry in the 1960s. Always keen to be considered both a writer and a director, he began his career under an American-sounding nom de plume as w...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gallowwalkers

In and out of development since 2005, Andrew Goth’s Gallowwalkers is about two-thirds of the way to being a genuinely interesting and provocative film. Unfortunately, the missing third is the one containing a decent structure. ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Django Unchained

In the build-up to Django Unchained’s cinema release, director Quentin Tarantino stated that directors were like prizefighters; they have their prime and then they need to step out of the ring.  Quite whom he was referring to i...