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High Noon

U.S., 1952

A parable of the Cold War or McCarthyism or both, director Fred Zinnemann’s High Noon (1952), written by Carl Foreman, who was blacklisted during the film’s production, also plays in retrospect like Classic Hollywood’s postwar insistence on the unity of space and time that the new waves of the 1960s would soon demolish. With the gathering outlaws at the edge of a small western town, the clock starts ticking for Gary Cooper’s sheriff who has 85 minutes, the exact runtime of the film, to confront a vengeful killer arriving by train at noon as everyone he’s protected for years abandons him.

35mm, b&w, 85 min. Director: Fred Zinnemann. Screenwriter: Carl Foreman. With: Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges.

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