Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Man Who Was Liberty Valance: Lee Marvin On John Ford And John Wayne

Richard Brody at the New Yorker remembers the late actor Lee Marvin as the baddest of the bad in the Old West in his role as the outlaw Liberty Valance in John Ford's wonderful The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. The film is one of my favorites.

Marvin’s work is a model of intelligence played for malevolence: Valance’s amorality and corruption—his delight in malice—are matched by an exquisite control of tempo, of diction, and of gaze. The fact that Valance thinks so hard and so well about what he’s doing makes his evil all the more horrific.

You can read the rest of the piece and watch a video of Lee Marvin being interviewed about John Ford and John Wayne via the below link:

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