Double Feature: 'Seven Men From Now' & 'Decision at Sundown'
Friday, July 13, 2012
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater
Budd Boetticher Film Series
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$9 general; $8 students and seniors; $10 online advanced purchase.
Free for all UCLA students with valid I.D.
'Seven Men From Now' (1956): A masterpiece on its own, Boetticher’s first film starring Randolph Scott with a script by Burt Kennedy set the template for the Ranown cycle to follow. A man stricken by grief, thirsting for revenge, hunts his wife’s killers through a rugged landscape that grows increasingly barren until his quest culminates in a rock-hewn arena of death. André Bazin called it an “exemplary western” and Sergio Leone must have memorized every shot of its ferocious finale.
Followed by 'Decision at Sundown' (1957): The Ranown Westerns scripted by Burt Kennedy tend to center on the journey. Charles Lang’s contributions to the cycle begin at the terminus. Bent on revenge, Bart Allison (Scott) rides into Sundown on the wedding day of the man he’s been hunting. Not inclined to stand on ceremony (although he shaves first), Allison disrupts the service triggering a stand-off that draws the entire town into the conflict.