Nicholas Rey, 1954
Joan Crawford as Vienna, Mercedes McCambridge as Emma and Sterling Hayden as “Johnny Guitar”
From a typical over-the-top-of-the-Hollywood-Sign performance by Joan Crawford – who seems twice “the man” of any male character in the movie to the Actors Studio Turn of Mercedes McCambridge seething with both anger/lust for Joan Crawford’s character.
From the the “oddly” soft performances and lines of the male characters to the almost surreal back-drop of the walls of Joan Crawford’s salon.
I believe the saloon is meant to be built into the earth, but the purposely fake set looks suspiciously yonic. Which of course brings a whole new concept of “eating scenery” — especially for Ms. Crawford.
Johnny: “There’s only two things in this world that a REAL MAN NEEDS a man NEEDS in this world: a cup of coffee and a good smoke…”
Whatever – you will never get bored watching JOHNNY GUITAR…
Olive Films has finally issued a remastered print of JOHNNY GUITAR on Blu-Ray which features an introduction by Martin Scorsese. An endlessly interesting twist of a Hollywood Western.