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SHANE (1953)


MissGoddess

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On April 4th, TCM is airing one of the greatest western

movies ever made, George Stevens' classic based on

the Jack Shaefer novel, SHANE. I'd love to get a discussion

going on it sometime after it airs, if agreeable. Just to alert

everyone who is interested, *Shane* is showing on TCM,

Saturday at 6:00 PM EST.

 

 

I think it's one of the most satisfying westerns I've seen, and I'm

eager to discuss it because, in spite of my constant and growing

admiration, I believe I've yet to appreciate it's _full_ richness.

 

I have always tended to take it for granted, watching

it with pleasure whenever it would air, finding new

things to admire yet not really taking much trouble

to peer too closely. Recently, I've begun to "peel back"

some layers and I think there is enough to be found

in this film for a lively discussing.

 

At some point, perhaps, we could even discuss/debate

what the enigmatic _ending_ to Shane could mean....

what happens to Shane? I recently spotted something in

the last shot that I never picked up in all the years

I've watched this movie---and probably never would

have if I hadn't been taking screencaps. More on

that later.

 

See y'all at the general store in a few days or so, no

rush!

 

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> {quote:title=MissGoddess wrote:}{quote}

> Fantastico!

>

 

i love 'shane', it is one of the westerns that i rememb er watching since i was little and i always admired how alan ladd pl;ayed the title role, he was not a typcial western hero but he proved in the end he could do it and he was tough enough, and he won in the end.

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>I think it's one of the most satisfying westerns I've seen, and I'm

>eager to discuss it because, in spite of my constant and growing

>admiration, I believe I've yet to appreciate it's full richness.

 

Goddess, Jake, will lurk and more than likely will weigh in on what he considers to be not only

 

the Greatest western ever made but one of the Greatest movies ever made, too.

 

"You're a low down Yankee Liar"

 

"Prove it."

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Jake, will lurk and more than likely will weigh in on what he considers to be not only

the Greatest western ever made but one of the Greatest movies ever made, too.

 

I hope Jake does that. :)

 

 

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Woo Hoo.... this date has been on my mind as a far off "dream" almost as I have been looking forward to this chat for quite some time... but I didn't even think about how close it was getting until I saw your thread and then WHAMMO.. I suddenly see it's April already and Saturday is only two days away... Yee haw!!! :-)

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> I've seen this film several times, but I may have to watch it again to check if Clayton Moore really has an unbilled part as one of the bad guys.

 

If you do watch it again, then you must come back here and crack at least 2 good jokes. ;)

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I forget if you told me you have seen Shane before or will this be your

first time

 

Hello Ms. Shane... Yes... I've seen this one all the way throuh maybe 3 or 4 times over the last 25 years or so... (I watched it most recenlty earlier this year... I was able to check it out at the library) I am looking forward to getting to see it again AND getting it on tape this time too, so I don't have to wait so long in between viewings! :-)

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I've seen this film several times, but I may have to watch it again to check if

Clayton Moore really has an unbilled part as one of the bad guys.

 

That would be The Lone Ranger, right? I hope you'll let me know if you spot him.

And I've never seen you "ruin" a thread, yet, Professor; that's no joke.

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I'll probably watch it tomorrow evening again straight through since the last

viewing was on the computer, with subtitles on. I'd like to watch it now

to see how all the stuff I gleaned from taking caps flows along with the story.

And to figure out if I'm way off base with a couple of things.

 

I will say this to any planning to watch tomorrow, pay close attention to the

closing shot.

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I will say this to any planning to watch tomorrow, pay close attention to the

closing shot.

 

I remember discussing this with you a month or so ago.... my eyes are going to be GLUED to the screen on that bit. :-)

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I remember discussing this with you a month or so ago.... my eyes are going to be GLUED to

the screen on that bit. :-)

 

It was a fascinating discussion and I look forward to more of the same with you here later.

 

Another intersesting little thing I caught last time I watched SHANE happens in the opening

scenes of the film. Notice the difference between how a man of honor and courage enters

into antoher man's "space" and then notice how a bunch of no- accounts enter the same

man's "space". The film beautifully sets up, with little dialogue, the basic character of every

major player in the story as well as the fundamental conflicts. Conflicts that are eternal

and relevant to more than just the old west.

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There is only one thing I feel about the very last shot but it will wait until you're ready to tell your opinion.

 

Howdy, cowboy Chris,

 

I can't wait! After the movie airs tomorrow I for one, will be ready to roll.

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"Shane" (1953) is certainly regarded as a classic today, but what was thought of it when it was new?

Here's a review of "Shane" from the movie industry trade paper "The Exhibitor", issue dated April 22, 1953.

 

SHANE

Outdoor melodrama.

Color by Technicolor.

Well-made outdoor show.

An impressive outdoor film, benefitting from ace production and direction, this has other assets, too, interesting story development, strong characterizations, high rating photography, etc. Although the basic story is familiar, this becomes a director's show, with the George Stevens touches evident throughout. This is the type of outdoor show that, preceded by the proper buildup and word-of-mouth, should register in the better grosses. When this was shown on the coast, on the new Paramount screen, with aspect ratio of 1.66 to 1, measuring 20 feet high and 33 feet in width, with overall dimensions 25 by 45 feet, including the surrounding frame, and with a curvature radius of 37 feet, the coast reviewer, Paul Manning, indicated that it lent magnitude to the impressive photography. The story is by Jack Schaefer.

Tip on bidding: Higher bracket.

Ad lines:

Ride the open range with "Shane" into thrilling adventure.

Action...adventure in the wide open west where a man had to prove his worth.

Action...thrills...adventure.

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