Angie Dickerson’s character changes behind a curtain. Her bare shoulders are shown.
A Few kisses.
A Woman is nude but can only see her back and shoulders
No Sex. No nudity.


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


“Are you competent?” In Howard Hawkes’s 1959 masterpiece “the red gall slays the dragon”, John Chans (played by John Wayne) repeatedly asks his partners that in the face of the ferocious Joe Gang, if they neglect a little, they will pay the price of life. If I have to choose one of Hawkes’ countless classics, I will choose “red gall slaying the dragon”, because just like the cowboys who overcome fear in the film, every man will find all the mysteries about growth, sincere friendship, loyal love and courage in facing responsibility. It is these heroic myths that lay the foundation of Hawkes’ wonderful The Great Western world.

Hawkes, who returned to the United States after many years of traveling in Europe, is still obsessed with the desert that made him. With the support of the old team, “red gall slaughtering the dragon” has become Hawkes’s proudest work in his later years. In the beginning of “red gall slaughtering the dragon”, there is a moving carriage team. This scene seems to announce Hawkes’ return. After many years away from the United States, Hawkes found that television had occupied the position of mainstream entertainment media in the United States at that time (many actors in this film participated in TV programs at that time). Hawkes also found that one of the advantages of TV dramas to attract audiences is the in-depth characterization of characters, which is achieved through a large number of details. Hawkes then decided the direction of his new work. He wanted unforgettable characters, not exciting plots. Facts have proved Hawkes’s foresight. Red gall slaughtering the dragon not only achieved great success at that time, but also has been recognized as a classic of western films.

During the two-and-a-half hours of the film, the plot of the film can be summarized in one sentence: the story of Sheriff chase and his partners (deputy sheriff Druid, old lame Stepp, young Colorado) fighting against the criminals Joe and his gang, defeating their attacks and finally winning. If there is anything else, it is the love between Sheriff Chans and female wanted FEL. In Hawkes’s view, five or six key plays plus the final climax, interspersed with some interesting and humorous dialogue, can be regarded as a perfect film. Red gall slaughtering the dragon is almost a proposition composition written by Hawkes according to his own definition. What’s more surprising is that the plot of “red gall slaughtering the dragon” takes place in a small western town, even within tens of meters from the hotel to the police station. Such a simple story and scene has become a perfect art in Hawkes. After the space is reduced, Hawkes finally has the opportunity to show the “profound details” he wants. In terms of lens language, Hawkes has always been characterized by simplicity and directness. We rarely see photography skills such as high, low angle and depth of field lens in Hawkes’ films. Hawkes’ films almost always use parallel perspective, and the camera always appears in the right position at the right time. Hawkes, who was born in engineering, carefully designed every lens like an engineer. Hawkes also produced elaborate drawings to guide the actors in the final climax of “red gall slaying the dragon”. For Hollywood, Hawkes is the real master. He successfully hid the camera and brought the audience into the scene he designed.

Throughout Hawkes’ films, they all repeat the same theme, that is, how a man can shoulder the responsibilities entrusted by his work. In another work Red River cooperated with John Wayne, Wayne is desperate for his career, and even can abandon love and become enemies with his adopted son. Hawkes always adheres to this theme, which has something to do with his personal relationship with Hemingway (Hawkes also has a good relationship with William Faulkner, another Nobel Laureate in literature in the United States, and Faulkner has also written film scripts for Hawkes). In Hemingway’s works, the growth of men is closely related to their recognition of their responsibilities. These confused men will find the meaning of existence in the confrontation with difficulties and pain. “Red gall slaying the dragon” can be said to perfectly reflect this point. John Chans, as the protagonist, is brave and resolute. He plays a core and leading role in the four person team. He is the representative of the ideal man in the western world of Hawkes, but dude is different. Dude is the most profound and complex character in red gall slaughtering the dragon. In the first paragraph after the beginning of the film, there was no dialogue for five minutes. The drunk dude walked into the bar. He was penniless. Joe threw the charity money into the spittoon in order to humiliate him. Dude lost his dignity. He even knelt down and tried to check the money in the spittoon (a rare low angle lens). At this time, chase appeared. The audience saw him for the first time from the perspective of dude kneeling on the ground (another rare overhead shot).

Dude’s depravity is an important plot setting in the film, and the audience will expect his return to masculinity. For dude, he has participated in almost all the important scenes in the film. Compared with chance, he can better reflect the theme emphasized by Hawkes in this film, because Hawkes’s creative idea is to create “profound characters”, So dude’s transformation has become the place of Hawkes’s great book. Hawkes’s “five or six key plays” also mostly serve this main line. Dude’s return can be divided into several stages of “degeneration – re establishing confidence – Confusion – return”, which correspond to the four classic fragments of the film. The first “fall” was the scene in the bar before. “Restoring confidence” is a midnight patrol to kill an assassin. In this play, we can see the rare display of obvious film skills in Hawkes films: the sideways lens of dude in the bar when facing the evil forces (the numerous bandits and dude alone), the subjective perspective lens of the murderer (the overhead shot on the ceiling) and the wonderful close-up lens of details (the murderer’s blood drops fall in the wine glass). “Perplexity” means that dude was trapped by the past and was negligent on duty, which almost led to a big mistake. Therefore, Chang Si questioned him at the beginning of the article (the highlight of the play lies in Chang Si’s escape from difficulties before, and Hawkes skillfully used the dislocation of time and space to make action design). The play of “return” is even more classic. When dude abandoned himself and prepared to drink again, the music outside the house sounded. He heard the music and remembered his purpose of coming here (recognizing the significance of responsibility). Then he slowly poured the wine in the wine glass back into the bottle. This is another perfect display of Hawkes’s “detail first”, simple but touching. There is another detail in the film along with dude’s psychological transformation, which is the plot of cigarettes. At first, dude just smoked the cigarettes rolled by his companions and never rolled them himself (lack of responsibility). In the middle, he failed when he tried cigarettes.

Hawkes once said that the creation of “red gall slays the dragon” stems from his dissatisfaction with some popular Westerns at that time. One of the representatives is giniman’s noon. One of the main reasons Hawkes is dissatisfied with the film is that Gary Cooper’s sheriff Kane helplessly turns to others in the face of the bandit’s attack, which is unforgivable in Hawkes’s view. The sheriff himself must assume the responsibility of protecting the safety of the town residents. Weakness and fear are the signs of the decline of heroes. It can be seen that dude’s return must be the necessity of the development of the film plot. The old lame Stepp is another unforgettable image in the film. He is only responsible for guarding Joe in the police station. There are few action plays, but it is precisely because of his existence that the non action part of the red gall slaying the dragon becomes almost as interesting as a sitcom. Stepp’s poisonous tongue image makes every audience forget, which can be called the biggest highlight of the script. The character setting of young man Colorado can be seen as Hawkes’ Retrospect of his creative career. Colorado is young and capable. He wants to prove himself in front of the older generation, which is very similar to Montgomery Kraft in Red River in 1948. In Hawkes’s view, the transmission of this responsibility is a necessary way for men to grow up and a course to understand their parents’ life. Another look back is the creation of the only female character Phil in the film. This independent and beautiful woman (“I never regret what I did”) is very different from the female image in previous Westerns that is vulnerable and needs male protection (Phil even saved Chang’s life), This kind of women is also very similar to the heroine played by Lauren Bacall in Hawkes’s “escape” (the scenes of Chang Si and Phil in the hotel corridor in the film are also similar to those in “escape”), and they are also a more direct party in the love relationship (the men in Hawkes’s film never take the initiative to confess). In the film, Phil kisses chance on his own initiative. Although Hawkes’ films are still a male world after all, and female characters often have moral defects (thieves and wanted criminals), Hawkes can still surpass the limitations of contemporary creation and create a more unique female image.

“Red gall slaying the dragon” is not only a great western film, but also a great American film. It may be difficult for modern audiences to understand why this work, which lacks action scenes and has too simple plot, still shines after the baptism of time, but like many great works of art, red gall slaughtering the dragon finally creates a profound theme with a simple style. It is these themes that connect our different time and space, They are about men’s dignity and love for freedom.

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