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Ride Lonesome

Screening on Film
Directed by Budd Boetticher.
With Randolph Scott, Karen Steele, Pernell Roberts.
US, 1959, 35mm, color, 74 min.
Print source: Sony Pictures

As he had in Seven Men from Now, Budd Boetticher has leather-faced Randolph Scott cope with a traumatic past through the ruse of revenge. The equal of the horses they ride (one of the director’s signature traits), the characters travel across a dramatic landscape (near Lone Pine), defining it scenographically, ultimately causing it to become claustrophobically familiar.  Dissimulation of the storyline bleeds into landscapes that are magnificently – and tautologically – what they are. 

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