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Way of a Gaucho

Venice Classics

Director:
Jacques Tourneur
Production:
Twentieth Century Fox
Running Time:
87’
Language:
English
Country:
USA
Year:
1952
Main Cast:
Rory Calhoun, Gene Tierney, Richard Boone
Screenplay:
Philip Dunne
Cinematographer:
Harry Jackson
Editor:
Robert Fritch
Production Designer:
Mark Lee-Kirk, Lyle R. Wheeler
Costume Designer:
Charles Le Maire, Mario Vanarelli
Music:
Sol Kaplan
Visual Effects:
Roy Kellogg
Restoration:
Twentieth Century Fox, The Film Foundation

Synopsis

A gaucho who is forced into the army rather than face jail for manslaughter, deserts the army and organizes a band of outlaws to hold back the progress of the railroad. The head of the police, who was also his commanding officer, vows to bring the gaucho back. The gaucho realizes that he cannot win and must let the railroad go forward and the policeman concedes and allows him to go free and marry the society girl he loves.

Critic’s note

The film opens with long shots of a pampa. Gauchos on horseback meet their leader, Miguel, returning from the city in a carriage, and escort him to a fiesta. These opening scenes have a buoyancy and splash that recall The Flame and the Arrow. Leading on with this mode only for purposes of dramatic contrast, the film quickly turns away from it. As in other Tourneur movies, we are in the narrative before we have enough information to evaluate the importance of what we see. Precisely because of this ignorance, we interpret the relationship between Martín and Miguel in a way that gives it its full mythical value. Since they address each other as “brother,” we see them as a pair of brothers in a fable, the elder of whom has inherited the father’s name and wealth while the younger stands—for the time being, loyally— in his shadow. We sense that Martín, though not the biological son of Miguel’s father, is a truer son to him than Miguel and that Martín’s actions carry on the ‘way of a gaucho’ whereas Miguel’s betray it. Already, the freedom that Martín will search for throughout the rest of the film exists in the world of the film only as a myth of the past.
Chris Fujiwara, The Cinema of Nightfall: Jacques Tourneur, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Twentieth Century Fox
10201 W. Pico Blvd.
90067 – Los Angeles, United States
Tel. 1-310-369-3171
stephany.kim@fox.com

PRODUCTION 2: The Film Foundation
7920 Sunset Blvd., 6th Floor
90046 – Los Angeles, United States
Tel.1-323-436-5060
kmerola@Film-foundation.org
http://www.film-foundation.org/

PRODUCTION WHEN THE FILM WAS MADE: Twentieth Century Fox

WORLD SALES: Jack Bell – Park Circus
15 Woodside Crescent
G3 7UL, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Tel. + 44 0)141 323 2175
info@parkcircus.com
http://www.parkcircus.com

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Bell Jack – Park Circus
15 Woodside Crescent
G3 7UL, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Tel. + 44 0)141 323 2175
info@parkcircus.com
http://www.parkcircus.com


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