RELEASES! War Horse (2011) | BASIC CLASSICS! NICHOLAS RAY: Johnny Guitar (1954), Rebel without a cause (1955)

February 7, 2012

We do not have British releases but we can enjoy an excellent Nicholas Ray’s tribute on the Filmoteca’s screen, with two masterpieces, and Spielberg’s comeback.

RELEASES! War Horse is directed by Steven Spielberg, who is a great director but, honestly, I do not expect too much of this film because a friend of mine has seen it and told me it is a film for children. However, this story could be recommended to those of you with children or to whoever is fond of animals.

War Horse [War Horse (Caballo de batalla)]-2011 Directed by Steven Spielberg

Screenplay: Lee Hall, Richard Curtis (Novel: Michael Morpurgo)

Cast:Benedict Cumberbatch, David Kross, David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Jeremy Irvine, Niels Arestrup, Peter Mullan, Toby Kebbell, Tom Hiddleston

Genre: Drama | War | Animals

Length: 146 min.

Synopsis: Young Albert enlists to service in I World War after his beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on.

Official site:


TIME has written:


BASIC CLASSICS! Tribute to Nicholas RAY: Johnny Guitar (1954) | Rebel without a cause (1955)

Nicholas Ray’s birth centenary is commemorated this year. He is a good representative of Hollywood’s Golden Age. A brilliant director who worked on the film studios and could print his personal mark on them. In order to check it we could see two of his most famous works, two absolute masterpieces that have become Seventh Art icon. On the one hand, James Dean becomes a youth icon in Rebel without a cause, a generational film with an extraordinary success. On the other hand, Joan Crawford performs one of the best characters of her notorious career in the unusual western Johnny Guitar. She plays Vienna, a strong woman who runs a saloon and is attacked by the people of the neighbour town because they hate her life style. Before seeing Johnny Guitar, I recommend to go through classic western films because Ray perverts some of its codes.

Cine Doré (Filmoteca Española), Santa Isabel 3 [Metro: Antón Martín]
Sala 1. VOSE. Price: 2’5 €. (2 € reduced)

Johnny Guitar: 12th on Sunday 21:40h. | Rebel without a cause: 10th on Friday 19:30h.

BASIC CLASSICS!: Johnny Guitar [Johnny Guitar]-1954 Directed by Nicholas Ray

Screenplay: Philip Yordan  (Novel: Roy Chanslor)

Cast: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Scott Brady, Mercedes McCambridge, Ward Bond, Ernest Borgnine, John Carradine, Royal Dano, Ben Cooper

Genre: Western | Romance

Length: 110 min.

Synopsis: Vienna has built a saloon outside of town, and she hopes to build her own town once the railroad is put through, but the townsfolk want her gone. When four men hold up a stagecoach and kill a man the town officials, led by Emma Small, come to the saloon to grab four of Vienna’s friends, the Dancin’ Kid and his men. Vienna stands strong against them, and is aided by the presence of an old acquaintance of hers, Johnny Guitar, who is not what he seems.IMDb.

The beautiful famous scene (VOSEnglish):


Johnny: How many men have you forgotten?
Vienna: As many women as you’ve remembered.
Johnny: Don’t go away.
Vienna: I haven’t moved.
Johnny: Tell me something nice.
Vienna: Sure. What do you want to hear?
Johnny: Lie to me. Tell me all these years you’ve waited…
Vienna: All these years I’ve waited.
Johnny: Tell me you’d have died if I hadn’t come back.
Vienna: I would have died if you hadn’t come back.
Johnny: Tell me you still love me like I love you.
Vienna: I still love you like you love me.
Johnny: Thanks. Thanks a lot.

Rebel without a cause [Rebelde sin causa]-1955 Directed by Nicholas Ray

Screenplay: Stewart Stern

Cast: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus, Ann Doran, Corey Allen, William Hopper, Edward Platt, Nick Adams, Dennis Hopper

Genre: Drama | Adolescence | Generational film

Length: 111 min.

Synopsis: A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.IMDb.

Classic Trailer (VO):


BBC has wrotten:



PD. The next week we could see on Academia de Cine (Zurbano nº 3, with the PP headquarters) the foreign nominated films for Goyas 2012. All of them are in English language and FREE entrance!! 20:00 h.

JANE EYRE (by Cary Fugunaga) -14 feb Tuesday

MELANCHOLIA (by Lars Von Trier) -15 feb Wednesday

THE ARTIST  (by Michel Hazanavicius) -16 feb Thursday

CARNAGE [A UN DIOS SALVAJE] (by Roman Polanski) -17 feb Friday



  1. Good nigth:

    As I said in another post, Johnny Guitar is a masterpiece. A real one! This is one of my favourite westerns of all the times. Colorfull. Atypical. Intelligent. Bitter, strangely beautiful. Clear, and yet, dark. Whith strong, unusual characters, specially the women. You shouldn’t miss, if you haven’t seen! As the song of the film says, “there never was a man like Johnny, Johnny Guitar.” The music is amazing, the script, pure gold, the sets, fantastic, the performances, amazing…
    And…what can I say about Rebel without a cause, the film who set the James Dean myth? Its black legend has overwhelmed the reputation and the quality of the film, that, perhaps, is not as good as we believe (I think it happens the same with Casablanca and Gone with the Wind, but, seriously, who cares about that?). Even so, it has bear the pass of the time much better than many other films of the period, or with the same kind of themes. What shall I say about the leading men and women in this film, their tragical histories, their black legend…In the real life, they were real rebels without a cause… If you can go, do not miss the ocassion. Give our thanks to Isidro for his work in this blog!

  2. I meant, Antonio.

  3. Thank you, Rosa!
    The classics of this week are absolutely classics!! Jejejeje… But, I haven’t seen “Rebel without a cause”! “Johnny Guitar” is so good that I would see it again. I adore Joan Crawford’s performance (and character, too). The ending scene is so special that, when i saw the film, I was looking for more information and I discoverd that the scenario was designed by Frank Lloyd Wrigth, the famous arquitect! Amazing.

  4. You haven’t seen Rebel without a cause? I almost can not believe that…Do you know that the main performer and the director himself, or died young in strange circunstances, or were largely forgotten by the world of cinema and the audiences because of their political believings or sexual inclinations? Recently, they have tried to open again the case of Natalie Wood’s death, which was very strange.

    Definitevely, the Joan Crawford character, Vienna, is one of the great female characters in film history, and they are not many. I am sick of watching films in which the main character is a man or some bimbo wench who doesn’t know how to make the “o” with a tube, as we say in Spain. It is surprising how scant are interesting female characters in the films. No, Vienna is a mature woman, who has a life behind her, a life which is not a good one, a woman who has done some very bad thing, but who is not a bad person. Most of the negative characters in this film are what we call “respectable people”, but they are not respectable any longer because they behave in an hypocrite way, like Emma and the MacIvers, and they have mean intentions, which make a strong contrast whith Vienna’s sincerity, because she never conceals her intentions. Not surprinsingly, in some Latin American countries, this film is known as “Una mujer pasional”. And indeed this is a film in which the stronger characters are women, which is not very common, and who have to figth to get waht they want…even the men that they love…

  5. —-When NOT delivering tech worship, franchise slum
    values and predictive programming for EUGENICS,
    Spielberg is fond of releasing PC moral alibis —for himself.

    Meanwhile, as those Siberian winds bite down on Tibet,
    Manchuria and little Korea —-Hollywood continues to
    BALK and BURY the awesomely relevant 60th Anniversary
    of the

    ————————-KOREAN WAR—————————.

  6. Waow! I would like to see Johnny guitar, Joan Crawford…amamzing her strength, impressive. the problem is that there have to be times and those times are not suited to my timetable!!! on Friday I have a party 9pm, on Sunday evening I´m a housewife…but thanks Antonio it is a real treat to ahve all this in our blog

  7. Hi again!
    Have you seen War Horse yet?
    I’m not sure if it is worth to spend my time and money in seeing it…
    I’m a fan of The Spielberg of the old times, but for me, it’s a long time ago since he have donde something really interesting. Even “Super 8”, that was supposed to be a great coming back to good times, seems that it’s not so good as expected.
    Regarding the classics here, I will try to see them undoubtly, It’s a great pleasur to discover an old unknown film that was waiting there, all the time to be rescued…

  8. Well, I don’t know.

    Several of the recent films of Spilberg are good, like A.I.

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