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1960

#KickingtheCanon by Sam Thomas-Redfern Film

Comanche Station | Budd Boetticher

January 12, 2019

The decade of the Great Depression saw a slump in high-end Western productions. This indigenous genre had been immensely popular with audiences of the two previous decades yet became relegated to a genus of the ‘B’ movie with the advent of sound. Randolph Scott started his vocation in Westerns during this period, starring mostly in low-budget adaptations of Zane Grey novels; finally, in ’36, he moved up to ‘A’ productions, with the genre itself in close pursuit. Scott would go on…

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#KickingtheCanon by Kathie Smith Film

The Sun’s Burial | Nagisa Ôshima

Nagisa Ôshima’s audacity as a filmmaker was unmistakable by the time his third feature hit screens in 1960. The full scope of the filmmaker’s rabid appetite for formal and social rebellion would develop over more than two decades, but the seeds of subversion were…

February 17, 2015
#KickingtheCanon by Jason Gubbels Music

Art Pepper Quintet | Smack Up

Alternate title: The Junkie Blues. Altoist Art Pepper only had a few sessions left before a lengthy stint for heroin in San Quentin loomed, and while all the gory details of that are available in his peerless autobiography Straight Life (jointly written with wife Laurie), what matters is…

January 2, 2015
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