THE FURIES (Anthony Mann, 1950)

Starkly photographed in black and white by Victor Milner and beautifully scored by Franz Waxman, The Furies is nonetheless a dispiriting melodramatic Western whose vague echoes of King Lear prove insufficient to keep it from falling flat. Its Freudianism enlists empty routines of love-hate revolving around configurations of surrogate sister-surrogate brother as well as father-daughter. […]