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Great Western

When: Fri., March 21 2014

A veiled critique of McCarthyism, this 1954 Nicholas Ray film wasn't heralded when it initially came out (though it did decent business at the box office) but it's become a cult classic. The plot centers on reformed gunslinger Johnny Guitar (Sterling Hayden) who arrives in a dusty Arizona town and discovers the residents are conflicted about a railroad that's set to be laid. He teams up with saloon owner Vienna (Joan Crawford) to fight the townspeople. The dialogue comes off as rather stilted but that's what French directors such as Francois Truffaut liked about the movie. It screens tonight at 9:10 and tomorrow night at 7 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $9. (Niesel)

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