date festival


The Art of Time

High Noon

Fred Zinnemann
1952 - United States - 1h25

Screenings : tuesday 29 - 10:00 am - Multiplexe - 8 - presented by Jean-Michel Frodon - critique friday 1 - 10:30 am - Le Quai - T900
While he is preparing to give up his job as sheriff to get married, Will Kane learns that a bandit, that he had once sent to prison, is coming in on the train to get his revenge. Will gives up in his honeymoon and tries to get together some men to stand up to Miller and his gang. But little by little they all abandon him…
A liberal and progressive western, written, according to screenwriter Carl Foreman, as a reaction to McCarthyism, High Noon gave the western its final legitimacy, more so even than John Ford's Stagecoach. Through this film it became “adult”, “serious”, particularly through rare use, for its time, of unity of place (the small town) and of time. Gary Cooper fell in love with the script and agreed to cut his salary for the film. His performance as an anxious sheriff won him an Oscar.

Cast : Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Grace Kelly, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney Jr., Harry Morgan, Ian MacDonald, Eve McVeagh, Morgan Farley, Harry Shannon, Lee Van Cleef
Screenplay : Carl Foreman
Cinematography : Floyd Crosby
Sound : John Speak
Editing : Elmo Williams
Music : Dimitri Tiomkin

Production : Stanley Kramer Productions

French distributor : Swashbuckler Films