3:10 to Yuma (Daves, 1957)

Succeeds in every area the remake does not: tightly paced, flushed with haunting Noir shadows, great chemistry between the leads, and a rousing ending. (Watched this twice in one day for the class I’m teaching, so here are few more notes). Daves uses a roving camera to explore the cramped interior spaces and epic crane shots to show the vastness of the exteriors (the first shot of the stagecoach coming toward the camera comes to mind). This duality works wonderfully with the tense dialogue exchanges and smart gun battles between hero and villains. I still can’t believe Mangold chose a dumb shoot-em up action scene to replace Daves’ meticulously paced ending (which only needs a few gunshots to tell the story).

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