The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Inhabits Film Noir

  title={The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Inhabits Film Noir},
  author={Alan P. Barr},
  journal={Western American Literature},
  pages={162 - 179}
  • Alan P. Barr
  • Published 2011
  • History
  • Western American Literature
In The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, John Ford, the grand master of the genre, has infused his Western with the conventions of the previous decade’s noir style, almost reconceiving it. Shot in constricted, uncomfortably dark and angular interior settings, this decidedly black and white film used the familiar hallmarks of film noir to subvert the openness and even the optimism characteristically associated with Westerns. Shinbone may be at the river’s edge and now on the train line, but its… Expand
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