Johnny Guitar


(Nicholas Ray, 1954).
Ray plays havoc with Western conventions in this eccentric cult movie which confronts Joan Crawford as poker-faced Vienna, owner of the plushest gambling saloon in the Arizona wilderness and Mercedes McCambridge as her sexually frustrated spinster nemesis who leads a lynch mob. It’s memorable for Crawford’s hieratic performance and Ray’s neurotically charged direction.

Sun., July 26, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 & 9:50 p.m.; Mon., July 27, 1:10, 3:20 & 10 p.m., 2009