Forty Guns 01/15/19

The Criterion Collection

Cult favorite Samuel Fuller explodes the mid-range Hollywood oater with elements we can all appreciate: a ritualistic fetishizing of the gunslinger ethos, and a reliance on kinky role reversals and provocative tease dialogue. It’s as radical as a western can be without becoming a satire. Playing it all perfectly crooked-straight is the still- formidable Barbara Stanwyck. Her black-clad ‘woman with a whip’ keeps a full forty gunmen to enforce her will on a one-lady town. Barry Sullivan, Dean Jagger, John Ericson, Gene Barry, Eve Brent. On Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.