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Sign in. Passed 76 min Drama, Romance. An ambitious factory girl meets a handsome, wealthy lawyer, but he's interested in her as a mistress, not a wife.
Classical Hollywood cinemaclassical Hollywood narrativethe Golden Age of HollywoodOld Hollywoodand classical continuity  are terms used in film criticism which designate both a narrative and visual style of film-making which developed in and characterized American cinema between the s rapidly after World War I  and the s, and eventually became the most powerful and pervasive style of film-making worldwide. For centuries, the only visual standard of narrative storytelling was the theatre. Since the first narrative films in the s, film-makers sought to capture the power of live theatre on the cinema screen.
The second World War was, of course, a heavy thread through the first half of the decade, providing fodder for stories on the one hand and on the other, a desire for the escapist balm of comedies and musicals. The s saw the emergence of the auteurfilmmaking led by the director as opposed to the writer. The s saw the rise of Technicolor but also of film noir with its dark, cynical, moody and fatalistic stories of hard-boiled detectives and treacherous women. At the same time, screwball comedies proliferated.
Referring to the film "Man With the Gun" as a routine Western might not sound like an enthusiastic recommendation. However, because the s was such a fertile time for fine movies representing this genre, "routine" can be taken as praise. The film follows many of the standard story elements that were popular in horse operas of this era: a stalwart, mysterious loner with a shady past who takes on the forces of evil; a good-hearted "bad girl"; a larger-than-life villain and a town with a population of timid, helpless men who must rely on the stranger to save them from being exploited and cheated.
So should you. The film also features one of the best film scores ever, by Isaac Hayes. Why you need to see it: The entire film was written, directed, produced, scored — you name it — by Van Peebles; no studio would touch it, so he did it all himself.
We still see the profound influence of WWII, we still see film noir and Westerns and the development of European neorealism. We also see the proliferation of color technology. There is also an emphasis on teen culture, perhaps best represented by the brief but meteoric career of James Dean.
From the s to the early s, musicals dominated the big screen. Which is why a bulk of the earliest musicals were simple Broadway adaptations like Gold Diggers of Broadway and plotless song-and-dance productions like The Hollywood Revue of not to mention these mindless extravaganzas satisfied Depression-era audiences seeking escapist entertainment and thus turned a profit for studios. Soon, studios like MGM, which spearheaded the musical genre, found further success in backstage stories, ones that centered on the lives of the players when the curtains were down.