Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Cimarron (Wesley Ruggles, 1931)


This overripe Best-Picture-winning dinosaur opens with a spectacular - and, visually, even quite sophisticated - land rush sequence, then quickly runs out of air with just under two hours worth of soap opera to go. It's a tough sit, leavened only by Richard Dix's mutant-like approach to emoting.

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