RARA-AVIS: Monte Hellman's Westerns

From: Mark Harris ( mark_r_harris@yahoo.com)
Date: 07 Feb 2002

I've seen both the westerns Hellman shot back-to-back in the late Sixties. Ride in the Whirlwind is excellent and unusual, and The Shooting is one of the unsung masterpieces of the American screen, a phenomenally strange existential western with a knockout ending. It's like an American version of an Antonioni film (which might not be a recommendation for everyone), with a great performance by Warren Oates. Hellman's later Italian western China 9, Liberty 37 also has its admirers; I only saw it once long ago, in a cut pan-and-scan TV print, so I can't really judge. But do check out the Sixties pair: both are now available on DVD.

Mark Harris

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