Directors Woody Allen and James Mangold To Introduce 60th Anniversary SHANE Screenings In New York & Los Angeles
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the classic Western SHANE with a screening of a new digital restoration from Paramount Pictures on Monday, September 16, at the Academy Theater in New York City, with a special video message by director Woody Allen (BLUE JASMINE); and on Monday, October 7, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, with an in-person introduction by director James Mangold (THE WOLVERINE).
Based on Jack Schaefer’s successful 1949 novel, the film recounts the age-old story of the duel between good and evil through the eyes of Joey (Brandon De Wilde), an impressionable young boy who idolizes a mysterious gunslinger. Shane (Alan Ladd), the man without a past or a future, inserts himself into the battle over land being waged between homesteaders and a cattle baron, and in the process, transforms a beleaguered town. Van Heflin and Jean Arthur co-star as Joey’s parents, who find their lives deeply affected by Shane.
Considered by Allen to be veteran producer-director George Stevens’s masterpiece, SHANE marked Stevens’s first foray into color. Shot on location near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the film’s rich Technicolor cinematography captures the panorama of the frontier during a crucial moment in Western mythology, when civilization was encroaching on the seemingly endless wilderness.
Screened courtesy of Paramount Pictures. 118 minutes.
Academy Award winner: Color Cinematography (Loyal Griggs)
Academy Award nominee: Best Motion Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role (Brandon De Wilde and Jack Palance), Directing (George Stevens) and Writing – Screenplay (A. B. Guthrie, Jr.)