Tuesday, August 14, 2007

"Soybeean!"

Kasey's got Jacques Tourneur's "Canyon Passage" so exactly right that it only remains for me to say that Tourneur's take on the Old West is so disdainful of the provincial groupthink, frontier thuggery, and sexual capitalism gussied up as "family values" that none of his leads can finally live in the world the film pretends to celebrate: Manifest Destiny as covert boho suburban flight.

1 comment:

K. Silem Mohammad said...

Dead on. I was struggling to translate Tourneur's uncanny shadings into the context of the Real, and your synopsis pegs it.