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Man of Lean Jaw and Hard Fist: Mann’s Man of the West This Wednesday at the Portage in Cinemascope

The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket
For the full schedule of classic film screenings at the Portage, please click here.

Wednesday, March 28 @ 7:30
MAN OF THE WEST
Directed by Anthony Mann • 1958
Set in 1874 Arizona, reformed ex-gunman Gary Cooper sets out to hire a schoolteacher for his small town with the savings of local residents. When his train is robbed, Cooper and fellow escapees Julie London and Arthur O´Connell end up stranded in the middle of nowhere and are held hostage by a gang of outlaws Cooper used to ride with. All the elements of an Anthony Mann western are present: mountains and landscapes as characters, quick, startling moments of violence, and tense, disjointed exchanges between characters with good intentions and those with bad ones. What makes Man of the West stand out among the rest of Mann’s work, however, is how exhausted and beaten down every gesture of the film looks and feels. Cooper’s portrayal of a man who can barely take another bad turn and simply wants a better life is among the greatest and most sympathetic in any western, and Anthony Mann’s last great film is also his saddest and darkest. (JA)
100 min • Ashton Productions • 35mm from MGM
Short: Betty Boop in “The Bum Bandit” (Dave Fleischer, 1931)

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