Part of Essential Westerns.
Sun, Sep 23, 2:15pm: Introduction from Will Brantley, professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. BUY TICKETS
Retired gunslinger Shane (Alan Ladd) rides into a small Wyoming town with hopes of quietly settling down as a farmhand. Taking a job on homesteader Joe Starrett's (Van Heflin) farm, Shane is drawn into a battle between the townsfolk and ruthless cattle baron Rufus Ryker (Emile Meyer). Shane's growing attraction to Starrett's wife, Marian (Jean Arthur), and his fondness for their son Joey (Brandon de Wilde), who idolizes Shane, force Shane to realize that he must thwart Ryker's plan. Mysterious, moody and atmospheric, the film is enhanced by the intense performances of its splendid cast. Acclaimed director George Stevens' legendary rendition of the quintessential Western myth earned six Academy Award nominations and made SHANE one of the enduring classics of the American cinema.
“…The entire story of SHANE is simply a backdrop against which the hero can play out his own personal repression and remorse… Bring Freud into the picture and you uncover all sorts of possibilities… The movie [is] more complex than a simple morality play…” —Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com “With HIGH NOON so lately among us, it scarcely seems possible that the screen should so soon again come up with another great Western film… Shown on a larger screen that enhances the scenic panorama, it may truly be said to be a rich and dramatic mobile painting of the American frontier scene.” —Bosley Crowther, New York Times (1953) “It would be so easy to dismiss SHANE as a simple, slow paced, beautifully shot Western… [W]hile the plot is deceptively simple, there seems to be so much more going on just below the surface… Ladd underplays Shane. He's sort of a 1950s precursor to Eastwood's MAN WITH NO NAME.” —threemoviebuffs.com