UW Cinematheque - Special Presentations and New Restorations
Johnny Guitar | USA | 1954 | 35mm | 110 min. Director: Nicholas Ray Cast: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge
Friday, April 15, 2022
4070 Vilas Hall
Strong-willed saloon-casino owner Vienna (Crawford) squares off against her nemesis: the shrieking Emma Small (McCambridge), who wrongly blames Vienna for her brother’s death. One of the most resonant of all westerns because of its Freudian, feminist, and anti-Red Scare hysteria themes, it’s also one of the most fun due to director Ray’s melodramatic flourishes and the incredible cast he assembled.