Lonely Are the Brave
Life can never cage a man like this!
A fiercely independent cowboy arranges to have himself locked up in jail in order to then escape with an old friend who has been sentenced to the penitentiary.
Kirk Douglas' cowboy can't adapt to the modern world. The themes of the story (individualism, personal freedom) are simply but well handled. Douglas is excellent as is the striking black and white photography.
Lonely Are the Brave is one of those movies that should have been a classic that everybody has seen or at least heard about. Its B/W photography is a joy to behold. It is nicely directed (watch it and don't tell me Spielberg hasn't been influenced by it), performances are fantastic and unusually naturalistic. But what really makes this film tick is story and wonderfully written characters. That's the real heart of this fascinating modern western about a guy who didn't want to adopt to new times. Ironically, when you watch the movie it feels like it is ahead of its time. It really feels like a movie that was made at least ten years later.