High Plains Drifter


Dir. Clint Eastwood (1973).
As punitive as Dirty Harry, Eastwood’s first Western (as a director) reimagines High Noon to match the sour aftermath of US disengagement from Vietnam—it’s the spectacle of quasi-divine punishment visited against a gutless, guilty town that hires (or rather drafts) men to do its dirty work, and then discards them.

Mon., July 12, 4:20 & 9 p.m., 2010

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 6, 2010

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