I'm surprised by how much this made me think of Lav Diaz, particular in how the action is pre-defined over a larger social tapestry, but Ray's conception of character is much warmer and less overly symbolic. I think there isn't quite enough breathing room to break up the movie tight structure, but Ray has a very alert eye to human behavior and let the accumulation of gestures speak for the movie.
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Straight arrow southern sheriff Gregory Peck falls hard for young Tuesday Weld and compromise himself for her criminal family. His midlife crisis and moral rot is made to stand in for an entire dying region which is far too much for the film to sustain. Director John Frankenheimer gets a lot of mileage out of Peck as a compromised icon, one is supposed to think of Atticus Finch going bad because he is bored, depressed and horny, Peck is a…