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426 Ratings

The Man from Laramie

Directed by Anthony Mann
United States, 1955
Drama, Western


Mysterious Will Lockhart delivers supplies to storekeeper Barbara Waggoman at Coronado, an isolated town in Apache country. Before long, he’s tangled with Dave Waggoman, vicious son of autocratic rancher Alec and cousin of sweet Barbara.

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The Man from Laramie Directed by Anthony Mann
Mann’s distinction as a landscape artist using the full resources of both Technicolor and Cinemascope comes to the fore in the opening sequences of The Man from Laramie, where the open sky and terrain of New Mexico is subdivided mainly into elemental color values — blue (sky), various browns (ground and rocks, occasional vegetation) and white (salt lagoons) — offset mainly by the red of Stewart’s bandana and the light green of Axel Nicol’s shirt.
June 24, 2015
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This picture is exceptionally emblematic of how the two mutually deconstructed one of Hollywood’s staple genres and concurrently redefined one of its most amiable star personas. In Stewart, just as in the Western genre itself, Mann found a cinematic mechanism with which he could redefine the Western while also now having the embodiment of an individualistic, auteurist worldview.
January 26, 2015
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An early example of the relatively short-lived CinemaScope format, the film, attuned as it is to the photographic capacity of a then-fresh technology, appropriately stands as one of the era’s most beautiful. Exploited with expert skill, the anamorphic breadth is employed in service of not just exterior expanse, but also the synergistic arrangement of actors against imposing landscapes and amongst opposing bodies.
October 01, 2014
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