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Johnny Guitar

Nicholas Ray / US, 1954 / 110 min.

This superior, subversive Western with its progressive ideas on gender was way ahead of its time. At that time, its visual excess also made Johnny Guitar the most Baroque Western ever made. In this mercilessly feminist masterpiece, Joan Crawford shows that a woman’s independence comes at a brutal price.

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Women seldom play the lead in traditional Westerns. One of the most striking exceptions to this rule is Johnny Guitar, in which Joan Crawford battles conservative, male forces. Crawford’s character, Vienna, is unique in Western culture: one minute she’s a charming, gentle woman – she falls in love with Johnny Guitar (Sterling Hayden) – the next, she’s just as tough and ruthless as her male counterparts.

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Johnny Guitar


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