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  • the Anthony Mann WESTERNS poll

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    8
    Cimarron (1960)
    0.00%
    0
    Man of the West (1958)
    0.00%
    0
    The Tin Star (1957)
    0.00%
    0
    The Last Frontier (1955)
    0.00%
    0
    The Man From Laramie (1955)
    0.00%
    0
    The Far Country (1954)
    12.50%
    1
    The Naked Spur (1953)
    25.00%
    2
    Bend of the River (1952)
    0.00%
    0
    Devil's Doorway (1950)
    25.00%
    2
    The Furies (1950)
    0.00%
    0
    Winchester '73 (1950)
    37.50%
    3
    "I've been to college, but I can still speak English when business demands it."
    - Raymond Chandler, 1939.

  • #2
    I went with Winchester '73, but it's a tough call given that most of his Stewart westerns were of such high quality. The only task that might be more difficult would be choosing the best Boetticher/Scott western.

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    • #3
      Extraordinarily tough to choose just one. In the end I went for The Naked Spur for it's minimalism and purity. The truth is Cimarron is only one I feel is actually weak.
      Riding the High Country - My Movie Blog

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      • #4
        Winchester '73 got my vote. However, if I had viewed the poll results before voting I would have thrown my vote at The Tin Star. That flick just doesn't get its due.

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        • #5
          I went with DEVIL'S DOORWAY. THE NAKED SPUR runs neck and neck with it, but DD doesn't get near the same amount of respect, perhaps partly due to its low profile on disc. It's a dark, sad western. I agree with Colin that CIMARRON is the only relatively weak spot on the list.
          I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.

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          • #6
            DEVIL'S DOORWAY takes a controversial position on a social injustice that was rampant at the time the film was made. It is a courageous film, and a truthful one. There is no other western quite like it. If DEVIL'S DOORWAY hadn't couched its political position within the genre of a western, it would have been scrutinized by censors more closely, and the filmmakers probably would have been blacklisted. It was released during the height of the House of Un-American Activities Committe's persecution of artists with seemingly left-wing ideologies. The film demonstrates just how pliable and malleable the western genre can be in the hands of filmmakers who know how to use it. The film is so courageous I had to vote for it over my favorite Anthony Mann western THE NAKED SPUR (1953). Aside from one scene that strains credulity -- can you guess which one -- and the fact that Janet Leigh wears trousers -- which women didn't do at the time --THE NAKED SPUR is a beautifully and perfectly realized western, 100% grade-A prime bonafide Americana.

            Colin aims a discerning eye on Anthony Mann's westerns at his blog Riding the High Country:

            The Furies (1950)
            http://livius1.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/the-furies/

            The Devil's Doorway (1950)
            http://livius1.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/devils-doorway/

            Winchester '73 (1950)
            http://livius1.wordpress.com/2008/04/16/winchester-73/

            Bend of the River (1952)
            http://livius1.wordpress.com/2013/05...-of-the-river/

            The Naked Spur (1953)
            http://livius1.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/the-naked-spur/

            The Man From Laramie (1955)
            http://livius1.wordpress.com/2012/05...-from-laramie/

            The Tin Star (1957)
            http://livius1.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/the-tin-star/
            "I've been to college, but I can still speak English when business demands it."
            - Raymond Chandler, 1939.

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            • #7
              Richard, thanks for linking to those pieces of mine. It reminds me that I must get round to adding a few more Mann titles when I get the opportunity.
              Riding the High Country - My Movie Blog

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              • #8
                I agree entirely with Andrew, although I voted for THE NAKED SPUR instead.
                'You know, I'd almost forgotten what your eyes looked like. Still the same. Pissholes in the snow'

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                • #9
                  THE FAR COUNTRY for me. Just love all the performances and the setting. One of my favorite westerns. MAN FROM LARAMIE, WINCHESTER '73 and NAKED SPUR are all close runners up. Mann is neck and neck with Boetticher for my favorite western directors. Their films are what got me into the genre.

                  I haven't seen the DEVIL'S DOORWAY. Need to get on that.
                  "When I die, I hope to go to Accra"

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                  • #10
                    Finally got round to adding a piece on The Far Country on my blog here.
                    I spent a long time thinking of it as the weakest of the Mann/Stewart collaborations, and it seems others share that view, but it's risen in my estimation over time.
                    Riding the High Country - My Movie Blog

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