The Furies (Mann, 1950)

Schizophrenic in tone, Anthony Mann’s The Furies is equal parts western, noir, and psychological thriller. But this genre tug of war consistently challenges traditional iconography and archetypes, making the film an exciting and subversive series of ellipses which charts the death of Western mythology under the guise of big business. Barbara Stanwyck’s lead performance bristles with anger aimed at a male-dominated world unwilling to recognize her capability and cunning. And yes, the scissor scene is as good as advertised.

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