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May 30, 2006

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - 7

A western that is more than a western. Most of the story is a flashback from a Senator (James Stewart) who returns to a small town in the west for the death of a friend (played by John Wayne). He then recounts the true story that has turned him into a legend. Which is better the truth or the legend? Which will people accept? The film ends with a good reflection scene in which you can tell the characters are considering the effects and consequences of a story that is told about them and by them and whether truth matters or not. I suspect it does. A great film with good dialogue, tension, and a gun fight (it wouldn't be a western with it).

1 comment:

Jason said...

My favorite film of all time.