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The Ranown Cycle

 

Budd Boetticher Wikipedia -  Budd Boetticher was a remarkable man and remarkable movie director. Perhaps his most significant legacy to us is a series of remarkable Westerns, sometimes referred to as the Ranown Cycle.

Seven Men from Now Wikipedia - Seven Men from Now Link -

Location hunter The Great Silence has located the locations used in Seven Men from Now in the Alabama HillsLink -

Seven Men From Now  (1956)

Seven Men From Now (1956) - Randolf Scott Wikipedia - Randolf Scott

 

Seven Men From Now  (1956)

Seven Men From Now (1956) - Lee MarvinWikipedia - Lee Marvin

 

Seven Men From Now  (1956)

Seven Men From Now (1956) - Gail RussellWikipedia - Gail Russell

 

 

The Tall T (1957) Wikipedia - The Tall T

The Tall T (1957)

The Tall T (1957) - Randolph Scott

 

The Tall T (1957)

The Tall T (1957) - Richard Boone Wikipedia - Richard Boone

 

The Tall T (1957)

The Tall T (1957) - Henry Silva Wikipedia - Henry Silva

 

 

Ride Lonesome Wikipedia - Ride Lonesome Link - Link -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCAONA-cHmI
http://www.imagesjournal.com/issue10/infocus/ridelonesome.htm

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Ride Lonesome (1959)

Ride Lonesome (1959) - Randolph Scott

 

Ride Lonesome (1959)

Ride Lonesome (1959) - Charles Bronson Wikipedia - Charles Bronson

 

Ride Lonesome (1959)

Ride Lonesome (1959) - Lee Van Cleef Wikipedia - Lee Van Cleef

 

Comanche Station Wikipedia - Comanche Station

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The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond Link - IMDB The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond

 

The Ranoun Cycle

Compared with the giant epics of the same era, the films feel almost like short stories, even though they are fully feature length. What is remarkable about them is the density of the structure of the plot. In this respect the movies rank in the first order with superb plots such as The Maltese Falcon. What makes the series of movies remarkable is that it is rare to the point of exclusion that a series of movies is able to maintain this standard in the structure of their plots. Many Westerns ride on their Second Unit action, the fight sequences to maintain viewer interest. But Budd Boetticher's Westerns have plenty of Second Unit action, all set within a much more complex structure of greater dramatic tension. In a way, Boetticher dispenses with the extraneous components of Western movies, leaving only the plot and the Second Unit action.

The movies are not easy to find but have been released on DVD.

Many of the scenes were shot in the Alabama Hills Wikipedia - Alabama Hills of California at Lone Pine.



An accomplished movie location hunter going under the nome-de-plume The Great Silence has hunted down a lot of these locations and recorded them in his very interesting Weblog:

Link - http://the-great-silence.blogspot.com/

 

The Wikipedia page on Boetticher Wikipedia - contains information focused on his movie work but a better article on Boetticher, a remarkable man, can be found here:

Link - http://archive.sensesofcinema.com/contents/06/38/boetticher.html

Boetticher was an accomplished athlete at college and being from a privileged background, decided to train as a Matador down in Mexico. He spent his retirement training horses for Rejoneador Wikipedia - Rejoneador the Portuguese mounted bullfighters.


Link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTYWw3f7kx8
Link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uzjg4ChNWHI

Rejoneo Wikipedia - Rejoneo is the highest Equestrian art ranking greater in difficulty than Dressage Wikipedia - Dressage an Dzhigitovka Wikipedia - Dzhigitovka (sometimes spelled 'Jighitovka').


Link - http://www.horses.ru/horsemanship/main_jighit.htm

Boetticher could have played some of the characters in his own motion pictures and would likely have been better than any of them.

 

In the motion picture, Tequila Sunrise Wikipedia - Tequila Sunrise, Budd Boetticher makes a cameo appearance as Judge Nizetitch.

 

Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise

You can see his appearance at 00:50:56. Boetticher's influence is visible later in the movie during a scene on a yacht at 01:28:19 where Raul Julia, playing a Mexican cop/drug-dealer talks with Mel Gibson while the televizor behind them plays a clip of the famous Mexican bullfighter, Carlos Azzura Link - Carlos Azzura, in action.

 

Tequila Sunrise Carlos Arruza
Raúl Juliá Wikipedia - Raúl Juliá and Mel Gibson Wikipedia - Mel Gibson

Tequila Sunrise Carlos Arruza

Tequila Sunrise Carlos Arruza

Tequila Sunrise Carlos Arruza

Tequila Sunrise Carlos Arruza
Mel Gibson

 

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John Wayne, Randolf Scott, Budd Boetticher

 

Budd Boetticher
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