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June 1, 2012

I Shot Jesse James








Director - Samuel Fuller

Genre - Drama/Western/Romance


Directed by Samuel Fuller, this Western is not cut from the same cloth as those of its era. Robert Ford is portrayed here as a man forever living in the shadow of notorious bank robber Jesse James. After killing his leader and friend, Bob becomes even more haunted by the man, his memory of Jesse's death at his hands and those who saw him as a cowardly swine eating away at him day by day. It is Robert Ford's state of mind which we are offered the front row seats to and it is a tragedy that he himself created, having sealed his own fate with that shooting. Fuller's film was made decades before "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" starring Casey Affleck. We prefer the new update but bear in mind, this was done aeons ago, and Fuller's script still pack a mean punch.

3 STARS!

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2 comments:

CavedogRob said...

It's a good film but Fuller went on to even better. Didn't care for that modern one though with the long title! Excellent review!

1minutefilmreview said...

Thanks Rob! Fuller was someone who gave us stories with meat. In this day and age with continuous remakes, sequels, prequels and reboots, it is quite ironically refreshing to look back at his films.