High Plains Drifter

Nov 05, 2012

(Clint Eastwood, United States, 1973, 35mm, 105 min)

After making a name for himself as a mainstay of spaghetti Westerns, Clint Eastwood stepped behind the camera and swiftly redefined the genre with a film that made John Wayne’s hair curl. High Plains Drifter tells of an anonymous gunslinger who, after being hired by a corrupt community to protect their town from vengeful outlaws, reveals an eerie agenda of his own. (You’ll never hear the phrase “paint the town red” the same way again.) Fans of the Western and/or the postmodern will forever remember Eastwood’s unsung antihero, who honors the genre even as he exposes its dark reverse.

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