The final waltz right off the screen was sublime.
I had forgotten how good Howard Hawk's Rio Bravo is. Most any western with John Wayne is easily watchable, but this film boasts a extraordinary cast including some mainstays of the genre like Walter Brennan and Ward Bond. However, you also have some other stars that you do not associate with westerns. Namely Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, and Ricky Nelson. Each one delivers a fun, likable, and even moving performance.
This western has been allegedly labeled as an answer to…
As cliche as it will sound this is one of those films that transcends the years for me. It is still that powerful after so many decades.
Using low angles and numerous close ups Carl Theodor Dreyer pulled me into this story early on. It was tense and claustrophobic causing the viewer to become emotionally involved in the trial and the plight that surrounded Joan.
The actors that he chose have wonderfully expressive visages that are so distinct even with…