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High Plains Drifter
Welcome to Hell
A gunfighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago. After gunning down three gunmen who tried to kill him, the townsfolk decide to hire the Stranger to hold off three outlaws who are on their way.
With High Plains Drifter, Clint Eastwood created arguably the most debatable and ambiguous film of his entire career - both as an actor and as a director. There is so much about this eerie western that doesn't get answered. So many details missing. So many presumptions to be made.
Most revisionist westerns of its time were busying themselves rewriting the West as it had been told by Hollywood, mostly wrongly, for over 40 years. Eastwood decided to take the traditional mainstream western, slap it around a while and show that something could still be done with it - just as long as it was willing to change.
It's well known by now that Eastwood's mysterious stranger rides into a town…
The Stranger: All these people, are they your sisters and brothers?
Preacher: They most certainly are.
The Stranger: ...Then you won't mind if they come over and stay at your place, will ya?
And when the preacher's stunned, passive look further betrays his hypocrisy, Eastwood, not content, has the holy man graciously invite the cast-out patrons into his and the other townspeople's homes... not charging them "one cent more than regular hotel rates."
A relentlessly bleak allegory of the human (American?) capacity for cowardice and avarice, with Eastwood's Stranger an almost Chigurh-like supernatural presence – slightly funnier, and only slightly more righteous.
Somebody left the door open and the wrong dogs came home.
Everyone probably expected Clint Eastwood's directorial debut to be a western, but he opted to make a thriller in Play Misty for Me instead while ignoring what would have been a sure fire bet. For his sophomore effort, Eastwood might have thought there was no use putting it off, so he directed his first western, except High Plains Drifter is unlike any western Eastwood had starred in before and unlike most westerns ever made.
"It's what people know about themselves inside that makes 'em afraid."- The Stranger
Well that was a nice refresher. I saw High Plains Drifter for the first time just over a year ago and liked it a lot. In the time since I first watched it I forgot much of what happens in it. Somehow I completely missed the supernatural themes presented the first time I watched it. This time I felt like an idiot for having missed them before. These supernatural elements improve the film in my opinion.
Clint Eastwood is the baddest of badasses as perusal in High Plains Drifter. In this one he isn't as sympathetic as in some of his other Westerns, but you can't help…
A nihilistic western about a town with a secret that hires a gunman to protect them from a gang that wants revenge.
Clint Eastwood directed and stars in the picture. He is the mysterious stranger that comes to town and is propositioned by the townspeople to be their "savior", once they seem him kill three baddies without blinking an eye. The arrangement is that he is given total access to the town and all of its resources. For all practical purposes the town has written him a blank check.
He takes full advantage of the situation. He makes the town little person the mayor and sheriff. He takes and gives to the Native Indians and Mexicans. But don't think he…
Pungent little revenge tale that's unfortunately soured by a certain, how shall I put it, rapeyness. Eastwood's treatment of women in his early films always makes my skin crawl, and here we have not one but two gals who despise The Stranger until he forces himself on them, whereupon they decide that he's dreamy after all. (Though it's unclear to me whether the one he outright rapes later sleeps with him merely so that she can unlock his door for the assassins. Couldn't she just stick a knife in his heart while he sleeps?) That significant ickiness aside, though, the film has fun with its darkly comic scenario, which amounts to a one-man inversion of Seven Samurai in which…
Cruel, eerie and deliciously ambiguous.
Sunday morning coffee with Clint.
I still have a long way to go in my Western Film education, but this one ranks up there. Very dark and cynical.
This is a brutal, dark, give-no-fucks kind of western, and I love every cruel and twisted moment of it.
When the community is threatened, everyone in town is out only for themselves. Is any one of them really any more decent than any of the "bad guys" threatening their peace?
Will Eastwood's equivocal hero lead the town towards self help or self destruction, purgatory or redemption?
Eastwood is another man with no name - when he enters a small town of untrusting and cowardly characters and turns it upside down, his motive isn't clear, but a series of flashbacks reveal his intentions.
- Eastwood is great as the hard as nails drifter, handing over the power given to him by the townspeople to the underdogs - dwarf - Mexican labourers - Indians - and making a mockery of the cowardly townspeople guarding a secret
- the final denouement of painting the town red for a final showdown is a great touch
- the town itself as a purgatory/hell works well, and the characters in it receive their judgement for their indolent cowardice and greed
Kind of just gets better and better, even if it’s nihilism doesn’t make complete sense.
Second Eastwood's work as a director. Im not that into westerns but i liked it... Not boring ... always uncertainty... As he comes he goes... obviously is up to you to get the thing about his revenge... I think Mariana Hill looked more like a theater actress because all of her dramatic over reacted performance. Its a simple movie... i would say good... just good
Clint Eastwoods a badass!!! Life sometimes makes u harder... thats what this movie is about. I found interesting never knowing his name.... you just have to assume who he is....
Arguably the most debatable and mysterious western (film) of Eastwood's career. There is a lot that goes unanswered, a lot that goes unresolved, and there seem to be a lot of missing pieces. The film is a little different from a lot of what Eastwood had made up to this point in that he's pretty stone-cold throughout, and the film has a supernatural side to it. Interesting if you haven't seen it.
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