"Johnny Guitar" is one of the cinema's great operatic works -- meaning, that it is pitched from beginning to end in a tone that is compulsive and passionate. There is really no other film quite like it . . . The slow pace, the building intensity, the relentless, haunting score by Victor Young . . .
I remember when I first saw it -- and I enjoyed it. But in the U.S., people expected a Western. Well, "Johnny Guitar" seemed like a Western, looked like a Western, but people didn't know what to make of it, so they either ignored it or laughed at it.
On the other hand, in Europe, taken out of it's American context, they saw a totally different picture. They saw it for what it was: an intense, unconventional, stylized picture, full of ambiguities and subtext that rendered it extremely modern . . .
...McCambridge being a lesbian in real life with that husky voice, both her and Crawford brilliantly playing the game of the screenwriter and director's intent is something to watch.
I think she did the devil's voice in "The Exorcist." But, hey, LW, you sure know your cinema, as you continue to demonstrate.
Brandon9000 wrote:I think she did the devil's voice in "The Exorcist." But, hey, LW, you sure know your cinema, as you continue to demonstrate.
I remember her best in "Giant" with Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor. Interesting...although I'd never heard that she was gay until today, I picked up on the lesbian insinuations more in that movie than "Johnny Guitar". She didn't seem to know whether to smack Liz for stealing her brother or plant a big fat wet one on her instead.