Rancho Notorious

Screening on Film
Directed by Fritz Lang.
With Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Kennedy, Mel Ferrer.
US, 1952, 35mm, color, 89 min.
Print source: Warner Bros.

Characteristically, the most personal of Lang’s Westerns centers on a hideout rather than the open range. A cowboy seeks his fiancée’s killer in a group of outlaw taking refuges at Marlene Dietrich’s bandit ranch, his thirst for revenge unleashing a maelstrom of wayward desires. With its garishly painted sets and Dietrich’s arch performance, Rancho Notorious boldly eschews naturalism in pursuing its tragic moral of “hate, murder, revenge.” “The world of the film is a closed one,” writes Lotte Eisner, “in which moral alternatives are limited, in which there is literally no where to go.” 

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