Outdoor Movie: Johnny Guitar
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
7:30 PM–9:30 PM
Due to inclement weather, the screening has been moved indoors to the Manton Auditorium.
One of the boldest and most stylized films of its time, Johnny Guitar (1954; 1 hour, 50 minutes) is quirky, political, and twisted—a psychosexual drama between two powerful women, wrapped up in the duds of a B-Western. Joan Crawford stars as the tavern-owner, Vienna. Her archenemy, Emma—a cattle baron (never baroness)—is played by Mercedes McCambridge. All the energy of the film is between those two women, no matter what they say about the men. Keep in mind that Crawford had bought the rights of the original novel when you hear one of Vienna’s employees observe, “I never met a woman who was more man.”
Free. This film is shown at dusk, around 7:30 pm.
Image: Johnny Guitar, Nicholas Ray, 1954