Duel in the Sun
First screened in February 2004 / Most recently screened in February 2016
Director: King Vidor. Cast: Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck, Joseph Cotten, Lionel Barrymore, Lillian Gish, Herbert Marshall, Walter Huston, Tilly Losch, Charles Bickford, Butterfly McQueen, Harry Carey, Otto Kruger, Joan Tetzel, Charles Dingle, Scott McKay, Sidney Blackmer, Dan White, Hank Bell. Screenplay: David Selznick and Oliver H.P. Garrett (based on, or "suggested by," the novel by Niven Busch).

Twitter Capsule: Tawdry and tin-eared on race, sex, and power, even for its time. The level of camp luridness makes it interesting.

VOR:   Plentiful reasons to avoid or disdain, but so many interesting goads. This is what Hollywood (or Selznick) thought was sexy? Thought about race? Thought about cinema?

Photo © 1946 The Selznick Studio

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Actress: Jennifer Jones
Best Supporting Actress: Lillian Gish

Other Awards:
Venice Film Festival: Cinecittà Cup

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