The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Film Details
Overview: In Vinegaroon, Texas, former outlaw Roy Bean appoints himself the judge for the region and dispenses his brand of justice as he sees fit.
Tagline: If this story ain’t true… it shoulda been!
Review: As conception,as plastic,inspiration,style and content,The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean does not seem to be made by the one who directed The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948),The African Queen (1951),Moby Dick (1956),The Misfits (1961),The Night of the Iguana (1964),Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) ,but rather by George Roy Hill,Sam Peckinpah, Robert Altman;is it because John Huston changed,and reissued himself,rejuvenated,or is it because for most of the cinema the decade is more important than the director?Huston is a very interesting director,though not an author in the proper sense of the word.The wave of the whole cinema of that age gave the impetus for such a movie. The Ballad of Cable Hogue is a similar film. Let us begin with a reflection upon Newman’s roles.In ’69 he enters the second phase of his career.He was 44,and he had already made some 13 important performances .”Bean” is made 3 years later,when he was 47. Helped by his silent,biting and tricky sense of humor,N. synchronized himself with this satirical meridian that claimed to abolish the Method acting and its cinema,by replacing it with out-distanced and aloof performances:sharp,restrained,witty,amusing;Newman was the uncredited test pilot of this transition (before and then while the Method acting took over again,with Pacino-a great admirer of daddy Paul Newman-,and with Nicholson,with the 70s’ De Niro,with Dourif,Rourke,etc.).There was something autumnal,decadent and drained in this fanciful sharp new cinema at the end of the ’60s and the beginning of the ’70s;its charm,as well as its ironic,cynical and disabused tonality,were decadent and autumnal.(Only Robert Altman went ahead and made his own and funny cinema,much overestimated by the likes of Ebert.)Its freedom was the freedom of the fancy,of the riot and disintegration,of the sterile puns,of the straying ,not the robust freedom of the thought or of the vigorous and new conception (that one sees in Welles or in Leone) .The sup-positional realistic content was undermined and contradicted by the corrosive and simplified form;moreover,the respective directors (Robert Altman,George Roy Hill,the oldish John Huston,etc.) lacked the gracefulness and useful,needed,happy facility of the authors of picaresque novels (the nearest form of narration). These movies,made more than 30 years ago,are tests,attempts,and games. It is preferable to play behind the camera,not in front of it.Still,some of them have their charm. Until ’69,Paul Newman’s career rolled up on several runways:the psychological realism (The Long, Hot Summer ,1958, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,1958, Sweet Bird of Youth ,1962),cut to measure for the Method acting of the ’50s and early ’60s,that Newman continued to cherish and desire even after it was extinguished,and that he tried to promote through the movies he then directed;then,the tough,cool,or sly guy roles ,the hard men;and finally,his comical expressions. Towards the end of the ’60s,Newman did his best to re-mold his career,and he traded upon the new fashion of the quaint westerns;so,he gave his characters from The Left Handed Gun (1958),The Hustler (1961), Hud (1963), The Outrage, Harper, Hombre, Cool Hand Luke in exchange for leading roles in quaint westerns such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Buffalo Bill and the Indians,movies that belong to the wave of the Revisionist Westerns ; The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean looks as if it could have been made by Altman (who made Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson and Quintet with Newman),Sam Peckinpah or George Roy Hill.”Roy Bean” is caustic and sardonic,and bitter;under the sharp shapes,one feels the contours of a human history ,and the hand of Moby Dick (1956)’s director.There is,as I said,a certain contrast and conflict between the highly stylized form,the acid irony,the bitter sarcasm,and the content that is supposed to be realistic and veridical. Much has changed since.Restrained,keen,fresh,without extravagance, deprived of comical devices,Eastwood is,today,late and not uninspired successor of this critical,droll and bitter cinema.But he uses a suitable and lasting form,and a convenient narration,that guides his art to definitive results,and that brought some considerable achievements. John Huston’s palette went from the Bogart of the ’40s to the Donal McCann,Albert Finney,Nicholson and Mrs. Kathleen Turner of the ’80s.This director made one more movie with Newman:The MacKintosh Man (1973),a thriller not as bad as it is said.
Country: United States
Language: English, Spanish
Duration: 120 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
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