The Shooting (1967)
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Critic Reviews for The Shooting
Hellman's tight telephoto shots press the characters entomologically against the barren landscape; he revels in the technical charms of the medium and the scruffiness of his B-movie budget as audaciously as a French New Wave director.
The Shooting keeps making the Western genre feel new, as though it had no conventions.
An ambiguously motivated and almost surreal revenge film so open to interpretation it could be the '2001' of Westerns.
What is most intriguing about "The Shooting" is the constant sense of undefined menace throughout.
Audience Reviews for The Shooting
warren oates is so friggin' great in this film. the near constant air of menace is mostly down to him and the soundtrack. a very young jack nicholson gets by more on his unusual looks and ability to ride a horse than anything else. and millie perkins' performance is odd to say the least. the paranoid, existential and so-called 'acid' western said to have been inspired by the kennedy assassination
A very unique movie, it's really basic and dreamy. It feels more like an acid trip than an actual movie, the camera never moves toward the focus of the scene but wherever it feels like going. For the very little dialogue and character development it has, Warren Oates and Jack Nicholson manage to have some very memorable characters. It's not exactly an essential part of film history or westerns, but it's interesting.
Peculiar Western...existential, indeed. Millie Perkins sure was beautiful, but I think she's out of her depth as an actress here.
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