THE GREAT NORTHFIELD MINNESOTA RAID
1972, Universal, 91 min, USA, Dir: Philip Kaufman

Director Philip Kaufman’s gritty re-examination of the story of the Jesse James-Cole Younger gang and their disastrous assault on the town of Northfield, with Cliff Robertson and Robert Duvall heading an astonishing ensemble cast that includes Luke Askew, R.G. Armstrong, Matt Clark and Elisha Cook. A down-and-dirty Western refreshingly stripped of the usual reality-obscuring gloss.


THE SON-OF-A-GUN
1919, 65 min, USA, Dir: Gilbert M. Anderson

Gilbert M. Anderson stars as a wild man known as The-Son-of-a-Gun in this well-made, entertaining feature from late in Anderson’s career. Here he saves a young man (Paul Willis) from a gang of card sharks at considerable personal risk.


TOMBSTONE RASHOMON
2017, 83 min, USA, Dir: Alex Cox

Alex Cox’s most recent feature is an experiment with the Western genre that throws the established history of the shoot-out at the O.K. Corral into disarray. When a time-traveling documentary film crew embarks to record the famous event, they arrive a day late and must interview participants and witnesses to piece together their conflicting details of the experience. Cox’s attempt to create “the most comprehensive and unusual gunfight picture ever made” becomes a prism of diverging narratives in direct homage to Akira Kurosawa’s classic RASHOMON.


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