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Homage

The Left-Handed Gun

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THE LEFT-HANDED GUN

"The semi-legendary, semi-historical figure Billy Bonney is the American equivalent of the German poet Kleist's innocent abroad, Michael Kohlhaas, only transposed to a Western milieu. Billy's amok run is triggered by the murder of a rancher named Tunstall. The rancher once helped Billy, earning him Billy's love. Unfortunately, the local sheriff has had a part in the dirty dealings and so Billy is forced to take the law into his own hands. (...) Penn's aim was to create a psychological Western; he wanted to unravel his figures in all of their emotional complexity, stirring up a palette of black-and-white to grey in his bid to avoid cliché. (...) In addition, his hero takes a severe physical and mental beating. The plot too is unusual and breaks the mould." (Lucie Schauer, Die Welt, 18.11.1967)

USA 1958, 102 min

by

Arthur Penn

with

Paul Newman
Lita Milan
John Dehner