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The Big Country

1958

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  • Wyler paints the West like he knew that no one had seen it look quite this spectacular, and his cast simmer like frying eggs under the sprawling sky and their insurmountable blood hatred. It’s the Seven Samurai of westerns (more so than that film’s plodding remake The Magnificent Seven) and it uses the sheer power of the land to strip away the masks men wear to appear strong.

  • It was one of the films that gave Wyler a reputation for torpid bloat, but these days its pictorial magnificence — Wyler demanded locations for this tale of the American West that looked untouched by civilization — its great cast, and its evident Cold War allegory make the film more absorbing in many ways than the far more celebrated Ben-Hur (1959).