72 Great Directors: Nicholas Ray

“If it were all in the script, why make the film?”


What Got This Director Here?
: Body of work, mostly Rebel Without a Cause.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Rebel Without a Cause.

What Did I Watch: Johnny Guitar.

Where Does He Fit: Johnny Guitar is barely even a character in his own story. It is all about Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge: hard to pinpoint where their gay cult status begins and ends as far as it relates to this movie, but it certainly renders the entire picture in a new light, one of the many mad dreams Nicholas Ray had. The man was a genius at using color and character to imply a whole world of psychosexual fantasies, with incest and homosexuality constantly on his mind. He was born to conjure up a town like this, with all the feuds and dreams that implies.

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Most Valuable Asset: Color and how it leads to subtext.
Most Excited For: In a Lonely Place.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Definitely.

Coming Up Next: Wim Wenders, king of the road.

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