“The Arizona Man”, true-false behind closed doors

Budd Boetticher is part of this family of filmmakers who are precious because they are unclassifiable: too free to fit into the Hollywood mold, too dependent on the system to absolutely do without it. His life as an adventurer wracked by excess is akin to a Hemingway novel. As an aspiring American footballer, he traveled to Mexico where he was passionate about horses and bullfighting. He cumulates odd jobs in Hollywood, then becomes a director after having exchanged names of birds with the boss of Columbia.
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However, this rough character barely appears in his work, in particular in this “Man from Arizona”, a gilded melody with fine gold camouflaged as a manly western where Randolph Scott (his favorite actor) and Maureen O’Sullivan, travelers who do not know each other, are taken hostage by a band of desperadoes. We must see with what delicacy Boetticher takes the spectator’s expectations by surprise while scratching the bourgeois and right-thinking society: marriage is here only a sinister tartufferie, money, an absolute vice, the outsiders. law, pathetic victims. And desire sizzles under the Arizona dodger.

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Wednesday November 24 at 8:50 p.m. on TCM Cinéma. American Western by Budd Boetticher (1957). With Maureen O’Sullivan, Randolph Scott. 1h18. (In multicast and On demand).

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