What a film.
I had never seen or even heard of it until Henry and Jonathan put it in the frame for a Conversation.
From one point of view, it can look like a collection of horse opera clichés. A pace or two to the side to let the light hit it from another angle, and it is Sophocles set against the unfinished clapboard fronts of a prairie pioneer town instead of the columns of a Mycenaean palace. Are the two bath scenes just non-sequitur comedy skits with cowboy song musical accompaniment, or are they choral interludes in a play of destiny?
Henry and Jonathan will figure it out.
A few copies of Forty Guns are available on YouTube. If the enigma beneath the obvious catches you as it has me, you may find yourself watching it more than once.
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© NOLAscape October 2017