2017-02-16 / Entertainment

Shane Will be Screened at Chandler

The Chandler Film Society will present George Stevens’ classic 1952 western “Shane” on Sunday, March 19, at 6:30 PM. It is the first of two films with the theme “Great Westerns.”
Alan Ladd plays a former gunfighter who has sworn off violence. But after getting to know a homesteading family (played by Van Heflin, Jean Arthur, and Brandon deWilde), he realizes he must help them in their struggles with cattle rustlers. Jack Palance, in one of his first screen roles, makes one of the most memorable villains of that era.
 
Tim Dirks, writing in “The Great Movies” called “Shane” “a timeless, classic western tale - a very familiar and highly regarded seminal western and the most successful Western of the 1950s. The film's rich color cinematography captures the beautiful environment of the legendary frontier (filmed on location in Jackson Hole, Wyoming) with its gray-blue Grand Tetons as a backdrop… Stevens fashioned this simple western into a wide-screen, Technicolored panoramic masterpiece to create a symbolic myth: the age-old story of the duel between good and evil, the advent of civilization (with families, law and order, and homesteaders) and progress into the wilderness (a world of roaming cattlemen, lawless gunslingers, and loners on horseback), a land-dispute conflict between a homesteader and cattle baron, and the coming of age of a young boy.”
 
In April the Chandler Film Society presents the final film of this year’s series, “HighNoon.”  Admission is $9 per person, and the doors open at 6 PM for light refreshments. For more information, contact Emily Crosby at outreach@chandler-arts.org or 802-431-0204.
 

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