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Nicholas Ray’s proto-feminist cult Western Johnny Guitar (USA, 1954) is screening at the BFI in London on Sunday 30th April 2017.

Johnny Guitar

The film’s narrative is unusual in Western terms because it focuses on the rivalry that exists between two powerful and assertive gun-toting women, Vienna (Joan Crawford) and Emma Small (Mercedes McCambridge). Sterling Hayden stars as the eponymous hero, Johnny Guitar, while Scott Brady, Ernest Borgnine, John Carradine and Ward Bond appear in supporting roles.

Further information can be found here.

The feminist aspects of the film are discussed in Lee Broughton’s book The Euro-Western: Reframing Gender, Race and the ‘Other’ in Film (I.B. Tauris, 2016).

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