Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Destry Rides Again

Another triumph for the cinematic year 1939. The world may have been going to Hell in a handbasket but Hollywood was accomplishing much. There may be one or two too many songs but at least they are worked into the setting more or less naturally. Brian Donlevy essays another thoroughly evil but manly villain. If one hasn't seen Destry Rides Again one know exactly nothing about Marlene Dietrich. There is nothing predictable about her performance - it's as if she is unaware herself what she may do from moment to moment. I get a real Klaus Kinski vibe from her although maybe that is just the accent. Supporting parts are given ample, if not excessive, screen time.

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