On Friday 19 th July at Yea Shire Chambers Murrindindi Film Society will
screen the 1953 western drama The Naked Spur, set in 1868 in the
American Rockies. Doors open at 6.45 p.m.
This is considered the best of a series of popular western films directed
by Anthony Mann which starred James Stewart. Here he plays an
unusually unsympathetic role as a bounty hunter forced to accept the
help of two strangers who are somewhat less than trustworthy.
Treacherous cat and mouse games ensue as they journey through the
rugged landscape. Others in the small cast include Robert Ryan, Janet
Leigh and Ralph Meeker and the shifting alliances between them make
the film an interesting character study. Unusually for a western, the
original screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award.
The action takes place totally away from civilisation and the film has
been described as a “tight, driven story about wounded characters
whose psychological problems play out against the dangerous isolation
of their surroundings.” It has been added to the US National Film
Institute’s list of significant films.
We hope to see as many members as possible attending to enjoy this
entertaining and engrossing presentation. Prospective members and
first time guests will be made welcome free-of-charge.
All enquiries to Jill Dwyer, Secretary, at 5797 2480 or