I Shot Jesse James 1949 ★★½

This was Samuel Fuller’s first film, but I watched the three movies in his eclipse set in reverse chronological order so it kind of feels like an anti-climax (one that I only have myself to blame for). What’s interesting about this is that it tells the same story as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, but it starts later and focuses almost entirely on the post-assassination life of Robert Ford… it also isn’t filmed with anywhere near the same mastery of that later film. Fuller is of course an important filmmaker but he was far from his prime here, even in his next film (The Baron of Arizona) he’s significantly more assured behind the camera.

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