Introduced by John McElwee, author of The Art of Selling Movies.
(1953) Directed by George Stevens. Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin. (118 min.) 35mm IB Technicolor print from the UNCSA Film Archive.
The Grand Tetons loom over the farm of a sodbuster, his wife and son, and the weary
gunfighter who rides in one day looking to escape his past. The breathtaking Oscar-winning cinematography sets the stage for a dramatic life-and-death conflict.
“Shane wears a white hat and Palance wears a black hat, but the buried psychology of this movie is a mottled, uneasy, fascinating gray” (Roger Ebert).
Our films are piquantly peripatetic this season, celebrating Ingrid Bergman’s 100th birthday, reflecting NCMA exhibitions on Elizabethan portraiture and Ansel Adams landscapes, transporting us to the North Carolina mountains of the early 20th century, and basking in the forbidden lust and corruption of midcentury Mexican noir.