Canyon Passage (Jacques Tourneur, 1946, 92 min, USA, English, DCP)
Ablaze in breathtaking Technicolor, the first of Jacques Tourneur’s remarkable Westerns is a complex, morally ambiguous portrait of an Oregon mining community where the friendship between an enterprising merchant (Dana Andrews) and an avaricious gambler (Brian Donlevy) is tested by romantic rivalry, gold, and greed. An unusually rich, philosophical frontier tale, Canyon Passage conjures a dreamily idyllic vision of the Old West punctuated by sudden, shocking bursts of violence—Tourneurian flashes of a world ruled by chaos and chance.
“One of the great unsung achievements of American filmmaking.” – Dave Kehr, New York Times
“Tourneur serves up, in a dreamlike Technicolor glow, a pastoral film noir.” – Richard Brody
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