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Paul Jensen

SHANE (1953) 5 stars

An iconic western that helped define the genre. Stevens' characteristic pacing is unique and thoughtful; the way the story deals with morality makes it a forerunner for post-modern westerns like Unforgiven. It has inspired countless filmmakers and is well-deserving of its almost mythic stature. The film explores the character's ethics in an entertaining and somewhat "ahead-of-its-time" fashion. Easily one of my top five favorite westerns.

 

Genre: Western
Director: George Stevens