Comments are made about the former sheriff having had an extramarital affair with a woman in town. Deragatory comments are made about that woman having had a relationship with more than one man during her lifetime. No nudity or other sexual content.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


Noon, shot in 1952, is regarded as the most famous anti western film. Critics often talk about the scene of Gary Cooper taking off his police badge at the end of the film, throwing it to the ground and then leaving with Grace Kelly flying dust. This is indeed different from the traditional Ford westerns, but this difference is not just the plot. The rebellion against the traditional Westerns at noon comes from the different religious background.

From the beginning of the film, we can notice that the protagonist’s wedding was not held in the church, but there was a priest to witness his marriage. In the film, when Gary Cooper went to the church to collect volunteer security personnel, the priest in the church scolded him who hardly came to the church. His explanation was that he married a noble wife.

What is Quaker society? Quaker, also known as friendship or religious society of friends, is a sect of Protestant Christianity. Founded in Britain in the 17th century, the school was founded by George Fox, who preached everywhere and was often put in prison. During the trial, he questioned the judge whether he “trembled at the word of God”, so it was named Quaker. Quaker society opposes any form of war and violence, does not respect anyone, does not require others to respect themselves, all are equal, does not swear, and opposes baptism and Eucharist. It advocates that everyone should be like brothers and advocate pacifism and religious freedom.

Because of the Quaker church, which cancels red tape and advocates simplicity, Cooper and Kelly’s wedding was not held in the church. Although the sheriff Kane played by Cooper himself was not introduced, it can be judged from his behavior that this character was actually set according to the Quaker model, but it was not a pure Quaker, Because he used a gun to solve the problem. Although Kelly’s Amy is a pure Quaker and strongly opposes Kane’s staying to kill the four gangsters, she solves a villain with a gun for her own man at the end of the film. Due to the long-term persecution of other sects, the Quaker society has developed to only 600000 people in the United States today. Generally, it is only concentrated in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and other places on the east coast. The founder of Pennsylvania is the famous Quaker William bin. The noon took place in New Mexico. The distance between the two is really thousands of miles. Quakers are rare in the desolate New Mexico. The screenwriter arranged this arrangement obviously not to publicize the Quaker doctrine, but to deliberately make this religious background very absurd.

Therefore, a Quaker and a suspected Quaker rarely appeared in New Mexico. As a result, they both violated the Quaker’s doctrine against violence. The screenwriter’s painstaking setting was nothing more than to break the religious spirit of traditional Westerns. In the traditional Westerns represented by John Ford, which are mixed with Catholic patriotism and Puritan thought, the meaning of battle mostly comes from a kind of exclusivity. The traditional Westerns emphasize a conflict between the different and the self. For example, in the Puritan view, Indians are the partners of the devil, so the war between whites and Indians is common in the traditional Westerns. This can’t be seen at noon. The Quakers also listed the Indians as fellow travelers who can have common beliefs, so we can see the Indians standing there leisurely at the door of the bar. The white men in the town are not only cowardly, but also have many ulterior motives. They are birds of a feather in the same feather as the gangsters. Miller, the number one villain, stepped off the train with a straight suit and never looked vicious at all. This ambiguity between the other and the self led Sheriff Kane to feel that he risked his life to fight for the town residents, but they were not worth being regarded as his own people. Even his best friends hid at home and dared not see him, which made him throw his badge. Therefore, we say that noon is a western film based on contradictions and paradoxes. Its significance lies in questioning and breaking the philosophical and logical model of traditional western films.

George Stevens’s so-called anti Westerns did not fight with a skeptical spirit, but focused on the demise of Western mythology. Fred kinneman’s noon takes the doctrine of an insignificant sect as the foothold with an absurd plot setting, and then destroys this foothold and makes all religious colors dim. In this way, it shows its contempt for tradition, which seems to reflect the spirit of the Quaker society’s disrespect for everything. This contempt is unique to all Westerns. This is also the style of Fred kinneman. He learned the techniques of Westerns from Ford, but did not learn the Ford model. Instead, he used the techniques taught by Ford to make movies to question and challenge Ford. Ford did not accept his challenge. It was Howard Hawkes and John Wayne who accepted his challenge. They filmed Rio Bravo in the red gall slaying the dragon, with similar backgrounds and different plots. Rio Bravo’s gun battle is wonderful, but it is not as powerful as the internal power of noon. Noon takes the Quaker doctrine as the starting point and focuses on depicting the contradictions and conflicts of human nature, which reflects the author’s brilliance compared with Anthony Mann, Sam parkin or Howard Hawkes, who are good at techniques and violence. Therefore, it is such an anti western western film that ranks among the best among many western films. Of course, it is also related to kinneman’s independent production method.

Western films have been neglected for a long time, largely because they exaggerate the stereotypes of love and hate, emphasize dazzling fighting, but do not pay attention to the sublimation of superstructure such as human nature. Ford did it and ginneman did it, so their works can become classics.

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