Archive for category: Budd Boetticher

MOD Movies: Budd Boetticher in the City

5 November, 2011 (17:04) | Budd Boetticher, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Noir, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Despite the efforts of such fans as Clint Eastwood, who produced two documentaries on the director, and Martin Scorsese, Budd Boetticher is still a name known mainly to film historians and fans of classic westerns. Boetticher made some of the greatest, purest, most austere westerns of all time: Seven Men From Now (available from Paramount), […]

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The Essential DVD Debuts of 2008

29 December, 2008 (00:21) | Budd Boetticher, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Orson Welles | By: Sean Axmaker

I’ve done the best DVD releases of the year in some incarnation or another for years. This one is a little different. This is not a celebration of the most impressive special editions, the most stunning transfers or the best supplements. This is my list of what I consider the essential movies that debut on […]

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Budd Boetticher: A DVD Wish List

8 November, 2008 (18:42) | Budd Boetticher, by Sean Axmaker, Directors, DVD, Westerns | By: Sean Axmaker

The release of The Films of Budd Boetticher finally brings five essential films by the director to DVD. Along with Paramount’s release of Seven Men From Now a few years ago, his career-defining “Ranown Cycle,” the six westerns starring Randolph Scott that made Boetticher’s reputation, is now available on home video. It’s a triumph, but […]

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Burt Kennedy: Writing Broadway in Arizona

6 November, 2008 (00:57) | Budd Boetticher, by Sean Axmaker, Interviews, Westerns | By: Sean Axmaker

Burt Kennedy has a long resume as a director, with such credits to his name as The Rounders, Welcome to Hard Times and Support Your Local Gunfighter.  But he started his film career as a screenwriter under contract to John Wayne and made his reputation with four brilliant westerns that Budd Boetticher directed and Randolph […]

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Budd Boetticher: A Career

3 November, 2008 (00:30) | Budd Boetticher, by Sean Axmaker, Directors, Essays, Westerns | By: Sean Axmaker

“They can lick you (which they can‘t) or they can fire you, and once you know that you‘re not afraid of anybody.” – Budd Boetticher on producers, 1988 interview Budd Boetticher stumbled into the movies in the fluky way so many of the two-fisted directors of the silent days landed in the director’s chair, but […]

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Budd Boetticher and the Ranown Cycle: “What a director is supposed to do”

2 November, 2008 (00:30) | Budd Boetticher, by Sean Axmaker, Directors, Interviews, Westerns | By: Sean Axmaker

My first contact with Budd Boetticher was in 1987. I was a graduate student in film studies at the University of Oregon and I thought I was getting his agent’s phone number from the DGA. I found out very quickly that it was his home number when he answered personally. He was an affable man […]

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“Seven Men from Now” – A Cinema Masterpiece

1 November, 2008 (11:05) | Budd Boetticher, by Richard T. Jameson, Directors, Film Reviews, Westerns | By: Richard T. Jameson

The following essay, adapted from a review published in Queen Anne News (Seattle), appears in the new anthology from the National Society of Film Critics, The B List, edited by David Sterritt and John Anderson (Da Capo Press). The making of Seven Men from Now was a modest enterprise. John Wayne’s old Batjac production company […]

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Budd Boetticher: An Introduction

1 November, 2008 (10:52) | Budd Boetticher, by Sean Axmaker, Directors, Essays, Westerns | By: Sean Axmaker

When Oscar “Budd” Boetticher, the last of the old Hollywood two-fisted directors, died on November 27, 2001, his passing was barely noted. This old-fashioned studio pro with an independent streak, a colorful history (including a turn as a bullfighter in Mexico), and a career of some 35 features, had been largely forgotten by all but […]

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The Last Round-up: Budd Boetticher’s Great Westerns Coming to DVD

27 August, 2008 (16:59) | Budd Boetticher, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Orson Welles | By: Sean Axmaker

Last year, in a piece I wrote for GreenCine, I dreamed up my fantasy list of box sets and special editions I wanted to see (heck, I wanted to OWN) in the coming years. Less than year later, two of those dream DVD sets have been announced. (I doubt my piece had much to do […]

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