The murder of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford
Film not recommended for children under 13 years of age
Starring Brad Pitt, it chronicles the last days of the life of the famous American gunman Jesse James.
After robbing numerous bankers and high-ranking officials of the time, Jesse knows that he is wanted and that a large sum of money is being asked for him. He is willing to retreat, but not before carrying out his latest robbery, standing up to his enemies eager to receive the money from his capture. Unfortunately, you will find that loyalty is sidelined when it comes to putting coins in your pocket.
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After Chopper, Australian director Andrew Dominik launched in the United States with a film like The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, a risky adaptation of the novel Ron Hansen. In it, Dominik presents a revision of the Jesse James myth from a different, new perspective, with a totally contemporary look that rewrites the myth and the western genre. Dominik opts for a personal staging that avoids any kind of reference to classic models. Relying on magnificent performances, excellent photography and music that not only provides accompaniment to the images but also expands their meaning, Dominik can allow himself to work on a staging in which intimacy and action go hand in hand to cast a look at the novel Jesse James character albeit working the idiosyncratic elements
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Australian director Andrew Dominik delivers a risky yet accurate dissection of anguish, fear, paranoia and identity fragility through his excellent twilight western. Three hours of footage effectively unfolds a far-reaching tragedy and bitter aftertaste. How can you live and experience yourself in your identity and in your memory, in the ideas and emotions that inhabit you, if every word you say or …
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From book to cinema
“The murder of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford” is an adaptation of Ron Hansen’s book of the same name. For the film, the author also took the position of associate producer.
The film was filmed in Canada specifically in Calgary, and in the province of Alberta.
Awarded in Venice
Presented in competition at the 64th Venice Film Festival in 2007, the film was awarded through Brad Pitt, winner of the Volpi Cup for best actor for his portrayal of Jesse James.
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