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Saturday, June 01, 2024

5pm

Man Ray with Sqürl scores!

RETURN TO REASON

France, United States | 1923-29/2023 | Man Ray

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Man Ray’s 1923 short film Le Retour à la raison, drone rock duo Sqürl (film director Jim Jarmusch and film producer Carter Logan) composed a new score for this silent avant-garde masterpiece—and for three other silent experimental shorts by Ray: Emak-Bakia (1926), L'Étoile de mer (1928), and Les Mystères du Château du Dé (1929). All four movies show in this program. According to Janus Films, the show’s U.S. distributor,...

6:30pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Unfinished Business / Parting Glances. Phil Skerry introduces

THE SIN OF HAROLD DIDDLEBOCK

United States | 1947 | Preston Sturges

Iconic silent screen comedian Harold Lloyd made his last screen appearance in this film written and directed by the great Preston Sturges. Opening with an extended clip from Lloyd’s 1925 classic The Freshman and climaxing in a thrill sequence that evokes his 1925 Safety Last, the film focuses on a bored bookkeeper 20 years removed from his go-getting college days. When he loses his dead-end job and has his first-ever drink, he goes blotto—waking from...

8:45pm

The Original!

THE CROW

United States | 1994 | Alex Proyas

Bruce Lee’s son Brandon Lee plays a murdered rock musician who, guided by a spectral crow, returns from the dead to wreak vengeance on the lowlifes who killed him and his fiancée. The 28-year-old Lee died in real life from a freak on-set accident during the production of this moody, melancholy, violent, and visually stunning Goth classic. DCP. 102 min.

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Sunday, June 02, 2024

4:15pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

THE SOUTHERNER

United States | 1945 | Jean Renoir

Widely regarded as the best American film by the great Jean Renoir, this poetic masterpiece focuses on a Texas sharecropper (Zachary Scott) who decides to acquire his own land and work for himself. But challenges and hardships abound. Originally banned in Tennessee, The Southerner was also condemned by the KKK for its (alleged) unflattering depiction of rural life in the South. Script co-written by William Faulkner (uncredited). 35mm. 91 min.

6:30pm

Man Ray with Sqürl scores!

RETURN TO REASON

France, United States | 1923-29/2023 | Man Ray

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Man Ray’s 1923 short film Le Retour à la raison, drone rock duo Sqürl (film director Jim Jarmusch and film producer Carter Logan) composed a new score for this silent avant-garde masterpiece—and for three other silent experimental shorts by Ray: Emak-Bakia (1926), L'Étoile de mer (1928), and Les Mystères du Château du Dé (1929). All four movies show in this program. According to Janus Films, the show’s U.S. distributor,...

8pm

Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

VLADIMIR AND ROSA

France, West Germany | 1971 | Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin

Juliet Berto, Anne Wiazemsky, and Jean-Luc Godard appear in one of the most accessible of Godard’s radically leftist “Dziga-Vertov Group” films (1968-72). The movie is a grotesque parody of 1969-70’s farcical Chicago Eight trial (later Chicago Seven); Judge Hoffman becomes Judge Himmler, the revolutionary defendants are continually silenced, and Godard (as Lenin) discusses politics and cinema. “One of Godard’s funniest films.” –Slant. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 103 min.

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Thursday, June 06, 2024

6:45pm

Cleveland premiere!

IN OUR DAY

South Korea | 2023 | Hong Sang-soo

Hong Sang-soo’s 30th feature focuses on two different households one average day in South Korea. In one residence, an actress (Kim Min-hee) is visiting a friend with a cat when her friend’s cousin also stops by for a visit. In the other, an aging, ailing poet whose cat has died is visited by two young men, a documentary filmmaker and an aspiring actor. Though geographically removed and unrelated, these two groups of individuals mirror or...

8:30pm

Cleveland premiere!

SONGS OF EARTH

Norway | 2023 | Margreth Olin

Norway’s submission for this year’s Oscar for Best Int’l Feature is a visually ravishing hybrid of home movie and nature documentary, executive produced by Liv Ullmann and Wim Wenders. Filmmaker Margreth Olin spends four seasons journeying with her octogenarian father and septuagenarian mother through the scenic, mountainous region in western Norway where they all grew up. Their perambulations allow plenty of time for reflections on time, memory, love, and nature. “A remarkable, poetic meditation…Weaves the...

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Friday, June 07, 2024

7pm

Grafton Nunes Presents

MIDNIGHT

United States | 1939 | Mitchell Leisen

Before they penned Sunset Boulevard and The Lost Weekend, Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett co-wrote this superb, sophisticated (but often overlooked) screwball comedy. Claudette Colbert plays a penniless American chorus girl, stranded in pre-WWII Paris, who gets involved with both a poor Hungarian cab driver (Don Ameche) and a wealthy socialite (John Barrymore) who’s trying to win back his wife (Mary Astor). The movie will be introduced and discussed by film scholar Grafton Nunes, former...

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Saturday, June 08, 2024

5pm

Cleveland premiere!

SONGS OF EARTH

Norway | 2023 | Margreth Olin

Norway’s submission for this year’s Oscar for Best Int’l Feature is a visually ravishing hybrid of home movie and nature documentary, executive produced by Liv Ullmann and Wim Wenders. Filmmaker Margreth Olin spends four seasons journeying with her octogenarian father and septuagenarian mother through the scenic, mountainous region in western Norway where they all grew up. Their perambulations allow plenty of time for reflections on time, memory, love, and nature. “A remarkable, poetic meditation…Weaves the...

6:50pm

Marlon Brando Centenary. Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

VIVA ZAPATA!

Mexico, United States | 1952 | Elia Kazan

The least known of Marlon Brando’s three screen collaborations with director Elia Kazan (the other two are A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront) is a John Steinbeck-penned portrait of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata (Brando), who led a peasant revolt against the country’s tyrannical government early in the 20th century. As Zapata’s brother, Anthony Quinn won an Oscar. “Four stars (highest rating)…Brando is perfect.” –Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide. DCP. 113 min.

9:05pm

Cleveland premiere!

IN OUR DAY

South Korea | 2023 | Hong Sang-soo

Hong Sang-soo’s 30th feature focuses on two different households one average day in South Korea. In one residence, an actress (Kim Min-hee) is visiting a friend with a cat when her friend’s cousin also stops by for a visit. In the other, an aging, ailing poet whose cat has died is visited by two young men, a documentary filmmaker and an aspiring actor. Though geographically removed and unrelated, these two groups of individuals mirror or...

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Sunday, June 09, 2024

4pm

Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

7TH HEAVEN

United States | 1927 | Frank Borzage

This late silent film (which has a synchronized music track) is one of the most beloved and popular screen romances of all time; it won the very first Academy Awards for Best Actress (Janet Gaynor) and Best Director (Frank Borzage). Charles Farrell plays a Paris sanitation worker who saves a prostitute (Gaynor) from the police. He takes her in and gradually falls in love with her. “Sublime…Tracks the transformational love of Farrell and Gaynor from...

6:30pm

Movie Crazy

QUEEN OF THE DEUCE

Canada, Greece, Switzerland, United States | 2022 | Valerie Kontakos

Chelly Wilson (1908-1994) was a Greek-born, Christmas-celebrating Jewish grandma who escaped the Holocaust, married two men (but was openly gay), and built a porn cinema empire around NYC’s 42nd St. (“the Deuce”) during the 1970s. This fascinating documentary tells her incredible story via archival materials, new interviews, and animation. “Often it’s those people you have never heard of who prove the most entertaining subjects for documentary and that’s certainly true of the late Chelly Wilson.”...

8:10pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Movie Crazy

VARIETY

United Kingdom, United States, West Germany | 1983 | Bette Gordon

A young woman takes a job as ticket seller at a Times Square porn theater and soon becomes voyeuristically obsessed with pornography herself—and with a mysterious male patron who may be connected to the Mafia (whom she stalks). Bette Gordon’s provocative indie film boasts a cross-section of luminaries from NYC’s 1980s downtown art scene: photographer Nan Goldin, musician John Lurie, cinematographer Tom DiCillo, writer Kathy Acker, and actors Will Patton, Luis Guzmán, and Spalding Gray....

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

7pm

Shown in conjunction with ChamberFest Cleveland Season 12, “Sacred + Profane,” 6/12-29.

THE MAGIC FLUTE

Sweden | 1974 | Ingmar Bergman

Now that you’ve seen The Cleveland Orchestra’s version of Mozart’s sublime opera, check out Ingmar Bergman’s. It’s one of the director’s most beguiling works—and mostly devoid of the torment and suffering prevalent in his other films. Håkan Hagegård stars in this colorful, magical, musical fantasy—in which the minions of light, love, and life vie with the forces of darkness, despair, and death when a princess is kidnaped by a sorcerer. Swedish with subtitles. DCP. 134...

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Friday, June 14, 2024

7pm

Cleveland premiere!

DISCO BOY

Belgium, France, Italy, Poland | 2023 | Giacomo Abbruzzese

German art-film star Franz Rogowski plays a Belarusian immigrant who joins the French Foreign Legion and eventually has a fateful encounter with a Nigerian rebel in Africa. This hypnotic, hallucinatory, strikingly-lensed drama relays dual narratives that eventually converge. “Rogowski is haunted, intense and typically brilliant...Bold, visceral, phantasmagorical.” –Sight & Sound. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 91 min.

8:50pm

New 4K Restoration!

PRESSURE

United Kingdom | 1976 | Horace Ové

The first British feature to be written and directed by a Black filmmaker is a watershed social drama that its funder, the British Film Institute, shelved for three years due to its depiction of police brutality. Set during the 1970s, the movie focuses on a British-born young man from a Trinidadian family who wants to assimilate into English society. So he tries to find honest work in racist London. Meanwhile, his brother, a Black Panther...

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Saturday, June 15, 2024

5pm

Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE

United States | 1937 | Fritz Lang

The second American film from the German maker of Metropolis and M is a young-criminal-lovers-on-the-run drama that created the template for later films like Bonnie and Clyde and Pierrot le Fou. Henry Fonda plays an ex-con trying to go straight. But Fate seems to have other plans when he is framed for murder. Sylvia Sidney is his devoted wife. “Perhaps the finest of Fritz Lang’s American movies, and certainly one of the finest American melodramas...

6:50pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG

United States | 1932 | Mervyn LeRoy

This pre-Code classic is probably the most potent and memorable of Warner Bros’ 1930s social-justice films, influencing countless movies that followed. Paul Muni is unforgettable as an innocent man serving time on a brutal, barbaric Southern chain gang. Though he eventually escapes and begins a new life in Chicago under an alias, he lives in constant fear of being discovered and returned. “Haunted a generation…One of the great closing scenes in the history of film.”...

8:45pm

Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

ONE, TWO, THREE

United States | 1961 | Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder’s follow-up to Some Like It Hot (1959) and The Apartment (1960) is a rollicking Cold War comedy packed with gags and barbs. James Cagney plays a frustrated Coca Cola executive in West Berlin who is suddenly charged with looking after his Atlanta boss’s 17-year-old daughter (Pamela Tiffin), a socialite and socialist, when she visits Germany. “Four stars (highest rating)…Hilarious.” –Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide. Scope DCP. 110 min.

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Sunday, June 16, 2024

4pm

Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

ONE, TWO, THREE

United States | 1961 | Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder’s follow-up to Some Like It Hot (1959) and The Apartment (1960) is a rollicking Cold War comedy packed with gags and barbs. James Cagney plays a frustrated Coca Cola executive in West Berlin who is suddenly charged with looking after his Atlanta boss’s 17-year-old daughter (Pamela Tiffin), a socialite and socialist, when she visits Germany. “Four stars (highest rating)…Hilarious.” –Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide. Scope DCP. 110 min.

6:30pm

Movie Crazy

FILM IS DEAD. LONG LIVE FILM!

United States | 2024 | Peter Flynn

Once labeled as pirates and targeted by the FBI, private film collectors have recently emerged from their basement hiding places to bask in the gratitude of film scholars and historians. These subterranean cinephiles have saved many movies that would otherwise be lost to time. This new documentary is many things: a lively tribute to the unsung guardians of photochemical film, a celebration of this fetishistic subculture of pre-video “cinemania,” and a timely reminder of the...

8:35pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG

United States | 1932 | Mervyn LeRoy

This pre-Code classic is probably the most potent and memorable of Warner Bros’ 1930s social-justice films, influencing countless movies that followed. Paul Muni is unforgettable as an innocent man serving time on a brutal, barbaric Southern chain gang. Though he eventually escapes and begins a new life in Chicago under an alias, he lives in constant fear of being discovered and returned. “Haunted a generation…One of the great closing scenes in the history of film.”...

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Thursday, June 20, 2024

6:30pm

Cleveland theatrical premiere!

HIT MAN

United States | 2023 | Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater’s delightful mix of screwball comedy and film noir tells of a geeky college professor (Glen Powell) who moonlights for the New Orleans Police Department. As part of a sting operation, he poses as a hit man, facilitating the arrests of those who seek his services—until he falls for one of his “clients” (Adria Arjona). “Hot and hilarious.” –Daily Beast. Cleveland theatrical premiere. DCP. 115 min.

8:45pm

100th Anniversary!

THE LAST LAUGH

Germany | 1924 | F.W. Murnau

This landmark silent movie from the director of Nosferatu and Sunrise tells its story entirely through visuals, without the aid of intertitles. The great Emil Jannings plays the proud old doorman at a German luxury hotel who is stripped of his cherished uniform and demoted to washroom attendant. It’s a devastating development for him. Music track. DCP. 90 min.

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Friday, June 21, 2024

7pm

100th Anniversary!

THE LAST LAUGH

Germany | 1924 | F.W. Murnau

This landmark silent movie from the director of Nosferatu and Sunrise tells its story entirely through visuals, without the aid of intertitles. The great Emil Jannings plays the proud old doorman at a German luxury hotel who is stripped of his cherished uniform and demoted to washroom attendant. It’s a devastating development for him. Music track. DCP. 90 min.

8:50pm

Cleveland theatrical premiere!

HIT MAN

United States | 2023 | Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater’s delightful mix of screwball comedy and film noir tells of a geeky college professor (Glen Powell) who moonlights for the New Orleans Police Department. As part of a sting operation, he poses as a hit man, facilitating the arrests of those who seek his services—until he falls for one of his “clients” (Adria Arjona). “Hot and hilarious.” –Daily Beast. Cleveland theatrical premiere. DCP. 115 min.

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Saturday, June 22, 2024

5pm

Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

THE COURT JESTER

United States | 1955 | Melvin Frank, Norman Panama

This very funny musical spoof of Medieval swashbucklers was the most lavish and expensive comedy produced up to that time. Danny Kaye plays a circus clown who joins a gang of rebels dedicated to overthrowing the evil pretender to the English throne. Basil Rathbone, Glynis Johns, Angela Lansbury, and John Carradine co-star. “Four stars (highest rating)…One of the best comedies ever made.” –Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide. 4K DCP. 101 min.

7pm

Movie Crazy

NICKELODEON

United Kingdom, United States | 1976 | Peter Bogdanovich

In 1911, a Chicago lawyer (Ryan O’Neal) and a Florida salesman (Burt Reynolds) accidentally become involved in the budding motion picture business, making short, silent thrill comedies for nickelodeons. Peter Bogdanovich’s valentine to early movies, shown here in his preferred b&w version (it was originally in color and 8 min. shorter), was derived from true stories told to him by pioneering filmmakers Allan Dwan and Raoul Walsh. DCP. 129 min.

9:30pm

New 4K Restoration! Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

SHOESHINE

Italy | 1946 | Vittorio De Sica

The wrenching neorealist masterpiece that Vittorio De Sica and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini made just before they collaborated on Bicycle Thieves won the first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Set in Rome in the immediate aftermath of WWII, the movie focuses on two street kids—shoeshine boys—who run afoul of the law when they become involved in the black market. “If Mozart had written an opera set in poverty, it might have had this kind...

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Sunday, June 23, 2024

4pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

PYGMALION

United Kingdom | 1938 | Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard is Professor Henry Higgins and Wendy Hiller is Eliza Doolittle in this non-musical film version of George Bernard Shaw’s famous play—about a linguist who believes he can pass off a Covent Garden flower seller as a duchess. Shaw himself wrote the screenplay for this classic movie, generally regarded as the best film of a Shaw play. (It was adapted into the musical My Fair Lady in 1956.) 35mm. 96 min.

6:30pm

Cleveland premiere!

JOURNEY TO THE WEST

France, Taiwan | 2014 | Tsai Ming-liang

In this non-narrative film by Taiwanese master Tsai Ming-liang (The Hole; Goodbye, Dragon Inn), Tsai’s perennial star Lee Kang-sheng impersonates a robed Buddhist monk who walks barefoot at a glacial pace through the hustle and bustle of modern Marseille. Tsai’s sixth entry in his globe-trotting, slo-mo “Walker” series is a mesmerizing mix of documentary and performance art—and the only one that co-stars cult French actor Denis Lavant (Beau Travail, Holy Motors), who mimics (mocks?) the...

8:05pm

New 4K Restoration! Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

SHOESHINE

Italy | 1946 | Vittorio De Sica

The wrenching neorealist masterpiece that Vittorio De Sica and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini made just before they collaborated on Bicycle Thieves won the first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Set in Rome in the immediate aftermath of WWII, the movie focuses on two street kids—shoeshine boys—who run afoul of the law when they become involved in the black market. “If Mozart had written an opera set in poverty, it might have had this kind...

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Thursday, June 27, 2024

6:45pm

Direct from CIFF48!

GREEN BORDER

Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, Turkey, United States | 2023 | Agnieszka Holland

The acclaimed and award-winning new epic from the master Polish director of Europa Europa, The Secret Garden, In Darkness, and others was denounced by Polish government officials as “a collection of blatant lies,” Nazi-like propaganda, and more. Addressing the current migrant crisis with anger and empathy, the film dramatizes the plight of a Syrian refugee family trying to enter the European Union but trapped in the treacherous forest region (a no man’s land) created as...

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Friday, June 28, 2024

7pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

BLACKMAIL (sound version)

United Kingdom | 1929 | Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock’s first sound feature was also Britain’s first all-talkie. One of Hitch’s best, the innovative film tells of a young woman who is blackmailed after killing an attempted rapist. Blackmail also exists as a silent feature that’s ten minutes shorter than the sound version. 35mm. 85 min.

8:45pm

Movie Crazy

SCALA!!!

United Kingdom | 2023 | Ali Catterall, Jane Giles

Subtitled Or the Incredibly Strange Rise and Fall of the World's Wildest Cinema and How It Influenced a Mixed-up Generation of Weirdos and Misfits, Scala!!! is a tribute to London’s legendary Scala Cinema, which from 1978 to 1993 presented a changing-daily program of double-bills and all-nighters to more than a million moviegoers. Offering everything from high art to horror, sexploitation to kung fu, this seedy, notorious picture palace (where sex, drugs, and even deaths were...

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Saturday, June 29, 2024

5pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Unfinished Business / Parting Glances

BLACKMAIL (sound version)

United Kingdom | 1929 | Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock’s first sound feature was also Britain’s first all-talkie. One of Hitch’s best, the innovative film tells of a young woman who is blackmailed after killing an attempted rapist. Blackmail also exists as a silent feature that’s ten minutes shorter than the sound version. 35mm. 85 min.

6:45pm

Meet the New Director! Bilgesu Sisman presents

SANS SOLEIL (SUNLESS)

France | 1983 | Chris Marker

The Cinematheque’s new director, Bilgesu Sisman, will introduce and answer audience questions after a screening of one of her favorite movies (also voted the 59th greatest film of all time in the 2022 Sight and Sound magazine poll). Regarded as the feature-length masterpiece of French documentarian Chris (La Jetée) Marker, Sans Soleil is an evocative collage of sights captured by the globe-trotting filmmaker in Japan, Africa, Iceland, Paris, and San Francisco, accompanied by his insights...

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Sunday, June 30, 2024

2pm

Once More with Feelings. On his last day as Cinematheque director, John Ewing presents big-screen showings of his three all-time favorite movies. Join us!

THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS

United States | 1942 | Orson Welles

John Ewing’s favorite movie by his favorite filmmaker, Orson Welles, is not Citizen Kane but the director’s follow-up to that masterpiece. Ambersons is an elegiac chronicle of the decline of a wealthy Midwestern family at the beginning of the 20th century, during the rise of the automobile. Mutilated by the studio, with more than an hour of footage (including Welles’ original ending) cut and lost, the work is still sublime. Tim Holt, Joseph Cotten, Anne...

4pm

Once More with Feelings. On his last day as Cinematheque director, John Ewing presents big-screen showings of his three all-time favorite movies. Join us!

LATE SPRING

Japan | 1949 | Yasujiro Ozu

John Ewing’s favorite movie by his second-favorite filmmaker, Yasujiro Ozu, is a piercingly beautiful family drama in which an elderly widower tries to marry off his devoted grown daughter—who doesn’t want to leave him. Ozu’s two greatest actors—Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara—star, and they are radiant. Subtitles. DCP. 108 min. Preceded at 4:00 by John Ewing’s 4-min. silent comedy The Vending Machine (USA, 1972).

7pm

Once More with Feelings. On his last day as Cinematheque director, John Ewing presents big-screen showings of his three all-time favorite movies. Join us!

SHANE

United States | 1953 | George Stevens

John Ewing’s all-time favorite film is the one that hooked him on movies almost 60 years ago. George Stevens’ celebrated western concerns a feud between cattlemen and homesteaders in late 19th-century Wyoming—and the mysterious stranger who sides with the “sodbusters.” Based on a novel by Cleveland-born Jack Schaefer, this tense, exciting movie tells a great, archetypal story that is at once frontier actioner, coming-of-age saga, love story, and metaphysical allegory. With Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur,...

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