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Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.


July 27, 2015

The Naked Spur

Film still: The Naked Spur
"One of the very best Anthony Mann westerns—which means one of the very best westerns, period... [it features] some of the most intense psychological warfare to be found in Mann's angular and anguished oeuvre"
  —Chicago Reader
"[Director Anthony] Mann strips his narrative archetype to the minimum in this extraordinary picture, with nary a house or town in sight, not a single interior shot and only five characters. It remains one of the major works in the genre"
  —Village Voice

Anthony Mann, director of low-budget, hard-bitten, darkly cynical films noir in the 1940s, made a major contribution to the American cinema with his Westerns of the 1950s, most particularly with the celebrated quintet of "mature" or "psychological" (or "revisionist") Westerns he made with actor James Stewart (who, in his work with Hitchcock over the same period, was similarly redefining, with edge and darker tones, his Capra-esque nice-guy image).

The Naked Spur, the third of five classic westerns (including Winchester '73 and The Man From Laramie) pairing director Anthony Mann with star James Stewart, is set in the treacherous heights of the Rocky Mountains, where a driven bounty hunter (James Stewart) is on the trail of a wanted killer (Robert Ryan, On Dangerous Ground). After Stewart captures Ryan and his young female companion (Janet Leigh, Touch of Evil), with the unwanted help of a grizzled prospector (Millard Mitchell) and a dishonorably discharged cavalryman (Ralph Meeker, Kiss Me Deadly), the quarrelling quintet must make their way out of the mountains without falling victim to their own mistrust of one another.

Widely regarded as the pinnacle of the Mann-Stewart films, The Naked Spur makes the most of its atypical western locale, marvelously rendered in Technicolor, which is also boldly imbued with a noir sensibility, complementing its psychological complexities and neurotic, vengeance-obsessed heroes.

Directed by Anthony Mann, 1953, U.S.A., 91 mins.

The screening will be preceded by a reception and followed by a discussion led by Facets Cinémathèque Film Program Director, Charles Coleman.

Showtime

  • Monday, July 27 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Call the Cinémathèque Hotline at 773.281.4114 for the latest schedule, showtimes and updates.

For all Cinémathèque inquiries, contact Charles Coleman at 773.281.9075 or charles@facets.org.

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