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Duel at Diablo

1966

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  • Although conventionally directed by Ralph Nelson (like Ritt, a New York City street kid with extensive experience in TV drama), “Duel at Diablo” was, as signaled by the jazz composer Neal Hefti’s incongruously up-tempo, guitar-driven score, was intended as a new breed of oat opera, perhaps influenced by the recent arrival of the Italian western. The violence is brutal, the subject matter is adult, the politics are liberal and the female lead is one of Ingmar Bergman’s favorites, Bibi Andersson.

  • Directed by Ralph Nelson and starring James Garner, “Duel” isn’t exactly an anti-Western but it is a pretty nervy piece for its time, delving into issues of race and sex that had been strictly taboo in decades of cowboy-and-Indian-and-cavalry shoot-em-ups.

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