Rancho Notorious

The phrase "Technicolor Lang" may feel like an oxymoronic statement and to a certain extent, it is: his use of color in Rancho Notorious is never as visually expressive as his monochromatic work (nor as impressive as his contemporaries, ie: Ray) and its best scenes are those which are engulfed in darkness or low light. As is often the case in Lang's work, its greatest strength is in its cynicism - perfectly encapsulated in Arthur Kennedy's ever-snarling face - and in his ability to construct dense cages for his characters to reside in (often times, I found myself ignoring characters entirely for the sake of admiring the complex environments they find themselves in).