Friday, November 12, 2010

High Plains Drifter (1973)

Director: Clint Eastwood. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Geoffrey Lewis. 105 min. Rated PG. Western.

One of the better Eastwood westerns, with an iconic ending sequence: the hero literally fighting the villains in the bowels of hell. But its the disturbing story undertones that create a lasting effect, as the people of the town are the ones responsible for the hero's deep desire for vengeance. This concept was later perfected in Lars Von Trier's Dogville, where the whole village is (rightfully) massacred. Here, Eastwood prefers to leave the people live in their filth.

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