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The Furies (The Criterion Collection)
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- New, restored digital transfer
- Audio commentary
- A rare 1931 on-camera interview with Walter Huston, made for the movie theater series "Intimate Interviews"
- New video made with Nina Mann, daughter of director
- Stills gallery
- Booklet featuring a new essay by critic Robin Wood and a 1957 "Cahiers du cinema" interview
Top Customer Reviews
From this moment forward the battle between father and daughter shifts from being one of violence to one of wits. Wendell Corey plays Rip Darrow, Stanwyck's love interest in this film. He quickly finds that as long as Daddy is alive that he will always come in second. Daddy has ownership of all of the emotions Vance has to give - both love and hate.
This film is basically a film noir played out on a Western landscape. It is often "Mourning Becomes Electra" from the father/daughter angle versus mother and son. Directed by Anthony Mann, maker of the thinking person's Westerns, it is a shame that Walter Huston did not live to see the release of this - his final film - in which he gives so great a performance.
The following is the list of special features for this release:
New, restored high-definition digital transfer
Audio commentary featuring film historian Jim Kitses (Horizons West)
A rare, 1931 on-camera interview with Walter Huston, made for the movie theater series Intimate Interviews
New video interview with Nina Mann, daughter of director Anthony Mann
Stills gallery of rare behind-the-scenes photos
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Robin Wood ans a 1957 Cahiers du cinéma interview with Mann, as well as a new printing of Niven Busch's original novel
While The Furies has all the iconography of a western, it more resembles a psychological drama and as such, it is quite an achievement that Mann was able to make it within the Hollywood studio system.
There is an audio commentary by film historian Jim Kitses. He talks about how the film evokes a blend of gothic romance, film noir and the western. He makes a convincing case for Anthony Mann as an auteur and how his thematic preoccupations elevate this film above genre conventions. Kitses expertly analyzes the director's style and how it informs the characters and their motivations. This is a solid, informative track.
"Action Speaks Louder Than Words" is an excerpt from a 1967 interview with Mann for British television. He talks about his beginnings in the theatre and how he broke into the film business. Mann also talks about some of the filmmakers that influenced him in this excellent interview.
"Intimate Interviews: Walter Huston" is a rare interview with the veteran actor who comes across as a larger than life figure as was his reputation. It is a playful yet odd interview as he gives little away.
"Nina Mann Interview" features the actress and daughter of Anthony Mann as she talks about her father and his films, in particular, The Furies.Read more ›
The pairing of Wendell Corey (Rip) and Stanwyck takes a little getting used to. They were much better matched in the File on Thelma Jordan. Their romance is challenged by her devotion to and later on hate for her father, played by the great Walter Huston in his last movie.
When Stanwyck received the AFI's lifetime achievement award in 1987, John Huston saluted her with the words his father said after the movie rapped.
"I just made a great film with a great and wonderful actress and lady"; referring to Stanwyck.
This movie was not well received when it was first released due to the times (1950) when people were not about to accept a tough and mannish woman (aptly named Vance) having difficult times with her father, as well as two romances; one with a Mexican and she kisses him on the mouth!!
This movie has been re-digitalized and I can say as one who had taped it years ago on AMC, this is a fine and clean print. The original book by Niven Busch is added, Also Criterion always has extra adds on the DVD that are worth seeing. You will not forget this movie anytime soon and know why it is becoming a
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is somewhat of a bargain, especially for buyers who like to read as much as watch films, because the original novel comes along with the dvd. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Robert D. Woods
my husband was very pleased with the dvd he received and the booklet that came with the dvd was very interesting.Published on January 7, 2013 by james & lydia
Fueled by high-calibre performances from Barbara Stanwyck and Walter Huston, "The Furies" (1950) is a flawed yet fascinating epic melodrama. Read morePublished on December 30, 2011 by Scott T. Rivers
Incestuous implications run rampant as Stanwyck spends the 1st part of this melodrama kissing Huston on the mouth & scratching his back. Read morePublished on August 19, 2011 by Charles D. Fulton
An obscure Anthony Mann western -- deservedly!
There's a strong sense of stage play here cuz the family conflicts formed the centerpiece of the film. Read more
I received my purchase in record time, exactly as promised, will do business with this seller again!Published on June 16, 2010 by Tasteful Clutter
Walter Huston and Barbara Stanwyck. Their acting leaves nothing to want. The story does not fit them, but they make a great film out of it. Read morePublished on April 25, 2010 by Vic Setterholm
Anthony Mann desperately wanted in his directing career to make a Western version of KING LEAR; though he succeeded at the end of his Fifties with his film MAN ON THE WEST, his... Read morePublished on March 13, 2010 by Jay Dickson
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