Saturday, March 3, 2012

Johnny Guitar (1954)

An American western directed by Nicholas Ray, starring Joan Crawford.
A woman opens a casino in an area where a railroad will soon go through and hires a musician to play guitar there. The locals dislike the businesswoman and the guitar player turns out to be a gunslinger.
Standard western, say thankee. The characters and plot were alright as well as the pacing and the style. I'm not concerned about production value on films from this era because it would be a detriment to their ratings. The guitar playing was so fake that a non-guitarist could tell he was faking and an audio track was being played. There was also a fake background scene in which the characters were obviously standing in front of a backdrop. What I saw was a decent western and I'm rating it adequate.

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