Friday, January 04, 2013

High Noon

The one thing about the 1952 anti-Western Western, High Noon, which tells the moral dilemma of a town marshal about the face his nemesis, that surprises me is the presence of the Helen Ramirez (Katy Jurado). A woman of Mexican origin has no business in a film like this, no less than a central role. No, she actually becomes the moral centre of the film, the only person who understands and supports Will Kane, the marshal of Hedleyville, and witness how Katy Jurado steals the film from everyone else, including the beautiful Grace Kelly, who played Will’s wife Amy.

In Fred Zinnemann’s ‘High Noon’.

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