Michael Walsh on High Noon
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Film screening followed by a discussion with Michael Walsh | 15th January 2015
The story of the lone marshal (Gary Cooper) abandoned by his cowardly townsfolk and even his own pacifist Quaker wife (Grace Kelly) to face a vengeful arch-enemy and his men, has resonated with audiences for decades.
Directed by Fred Zinnemann, it is in many ways, the archetypal conservative movie, extolling the old-fashioned virtues of manliness, self-reliance and courage in the face of desperate odds.
And yet this seminal film, which won four Academy awards, was written by a Communist, Carl Foreman, who was later blacklisted by the Hollywood studios, due to his being called during the movie's production before the House Un-American Activities Committee, which was investigating Communist influence in Hollywood; in fact, HIGH NOON was his last screen credit for several years.
Many have seen the script as Foreman's reaction to the political circumstances of the time. And yet today, it plays as the epitome of rugged individualism against statist collectivism.
Following the film screening Michael Walsh, American film and music critic, screenwriter and novelist examined the film and the reasons why it remains a still-controversial classic.
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