The recent re-issuing of two old Criterion titles in upgraded DVD and Blu-ray formats has thrust the work of Sam Fuller back into the spotlight. Supplier . When his chance comes (April 3, 1882)Bob shoots Jesse in the back. It was released as “I Shot Jesse James” (1949), and became a critical and box office success, and today it is considered a classic, notable, among other things, for its extensive use of close ups. Kelley gets the girl and Frank avenges his brother's death. But he threw in just a little bit more, something beyond the ordinary, and it’s that extra stuff that helped his films stand out from the run-of-the-mill product so prevalent at the time, and that makes his movies worthy of our attention more than six decades later. What a Peculiar, Long-Winded, Prolix, Verbose, Epic Title Is That? Eventually, Fuller returned to independent filmmaking, and in the sixties (after his artistic cred had been given a shot in the arm by the French New Wavers’ embrace of him as a major stylistic influence), he directed two of his most acclaimed titles, the pulpy and profound Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss, both corrosive satires of American culture. Fuller was no dummy ‘“ he knew what the crowds paid for and he wasted no time meeting their expectations. But before you draw the conclusion that Fuller was a precursor to some kind of introverted meta-referential ‘post-western’ hybrid, let me assure you that I Shot Jesse James offers plentiful thrills that a classic American Western ought to deliver. 7/10. Soon after, Fuller directed his second film, “The Baron of Arizona” (1950), a true story about a swindler who seized much of Arizona by forging Spanish land grants. He mends at Jesse's home in Missouri for six months, although Jesse's wife Zee doesn't trust him. The use of close-ups are to purposely highlight the psychological discord on show, marking this out as a good pointer to the later work of its maverick director. Bob goes to Colorado to try prospecting and runs into Kelley, who is rejecting offers to become Creede's town marshal. 1 hr 22 mins. A review of the American auteur’s posthumously published novel. for fans of quality theatrical and home video releases. Lured by the governor’s promise of total amnesty and a lucrative financial reward, Bob Ford wrestles (briefly) with the appalling implications of his act, but in true desperado fashion, he thrusts himself into it, driven by lust and heedless of any other consideration. He is booed by audiences and mocked in public for his cowardly deed. Cynthy Waters, an actress Bob is in love with, comes to town to perform on stage. Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA, What to Watch if You Miss the "Game of Thrones" Cast, Mrs. Zee James In need of money, Bob hears of the governor's $10,000 reward for Jesse. Bob is pardoned by the governor but receives a reward for just $500. In the street, Bob draws on Kelley and is shot dead.  Hitleman eventually signed a contract with Universal. And how could a man live with himself after pulling off such a miserable deed? We have all the epic landscape exteriors, barroom brawls, singing cowboys, Stephen Foster music hall numbers (in this instance, it’s “Beautiful Dreamer”) and six-gun packin’ showdowns on dusty frontier streets that anyone could ask for.
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