Rated Parental Guidance
Dir: Nicholas Ray, US, 1954
Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge
Part of The Charlottetown Film Society & L’Ipéen film series.
Tickets at the door, cash only, all seats $10.
Ignored at its release, the film has acquired a huge reputation over time, counting among its defenders Truffaut and Almodovar. Today, considered as one of the most beautiful westerns ever shot, Nicholas Ray's Johnny Guitare is also a milestone in the history of cinema because of its feminist side. Two women are at the center of the story: on one side Vienna (Joan Crawford), the owner of a saloon that hires Johnny Logan (Sterling Hayden), a man she once knew, as a musician. And on the other Emma Small (Mercedes McCambridge), who is jealous of Vienna.