One-Eyed Jacks

USA 1961. Dir: Marlon Brando. 141 min. DCP

One-Eyed Jacks is one of my favourite Westerns and it was more than a privilege to be on the team that restored it for audiences around the world to rediscover or fall under its spell for the first time.”
STEVEN SPIELBERG

NEW RESTORATION | Screen legend Marlon Brando stepped behind the camera (for the first and last time) to direct himself as a bandit with a bone to pick in this lush, landmark revenge Western, one of the genre’s most brilliant, baffling, production-plagued masterworks. Beset by problems from the get-go — director Stanley Kubrick jumped ship for England and Lolita; Sam Peckinpah’s script was scrapped — it marched valiantly on with actor-(now)director Brando at the helm. The result: a wildly over-budget, long-delayed, “method” Western set perplexingly by the sea — and running nearly five-hours long in Brando’s final cut. Paramount trimmed it for release; it tanked at the box office. Vindicated in recent years by, among others, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg — the two oversaw this 4K digital restoration — it features a riveting, calculated performance by Brando as a betrayed bank robber hell-bent on revenge against his former partner (Karl Malden), now a sheriff. The gorgeous VistaVision cinematography earned an Oscar nomination.


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