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Budd Boetticher 


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Director / Producer / Screenwriter
1916 - 2001
Born July 29, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Key Production Country: USA
Key Genres: Western, Action, Traditional Western
Key Collaborators: Randolph Scott (Leading Player), Burt Kennedy (Screenwriter), Lucien Ballard (Cinematographer), Heinz Roemheld (Composer), Karen Steele (Leading Player), Harry Joe Brown (Producer), Charles Lawton Jr. (Cinematographer), Al Clark (Editor), John Hubbard (Character Player), Leslie Thomas (Production Designer)
Highly Recommended: Seven Men from Now (1956), The Tall T (1957), Ride Lonesome (1959)
Recommended: Decision at Sundown (1957), Buchanan Rides Alone (1958), Comanche Station (1960), The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960)
Links: [ IMDB ] [ TCMDB ] [ All-Movie Guide ] [ Film Reference ] [ Wikipedia ] [ Senses of Cinema Article (2005) ] [ Guardian Unlimited Obituary ] [ Budd Boetticher: The Last Interview ] [ Boston Phoenix Article (2005) ] [ GreenCine Article: Interviews 1988/1992 ] [ Classic Film and Television Home Page ] [ Senses of Cinema Article (2001) ]
Books: [ Horizons West: Anthony Mann, Budd Boetticher, Sam Peckinpah - Studies of Authorship Within the Western ] [ The director's event: Interviews with five American film-makers: Budd Boetticher, Peter Bogdanovich, Samuel Fuller, Arthur Penn, Abraham Polonsky ]
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1,000 Greatest Films: Ride Lonesome (1959)
250 Quintessential Noir Films: Behind Locked Doors (1948), The Killer is Loose (1956)
Seven Men from Now (1956)The Tall T (1957)Ride Lonesome (1959)Decision at Sundown (1957)
  "Boetticher is one of the most fascinating unrecognized talents in the American cinema...Constructed partly as allegorical Odysseys and partly as floating poker games where every character took turns at bluffing about his hand until the final showdown, Boetticher's Westerns expressed a weary serenity and moral certitude that was contrary to the more neurotic approaches of other directors on this neglected level of the cinema." - Andrew Sarris (The American Cinema, 1968)  
  "Boetticher told his stark, ritualistic stories with laconic dialogue and a minimum of visual fuss, refusing to romanticise his antagonists and using the rocky, parched landscape to lend a mythic, timeless dimension to their conflict." - Geoff Andrew (The Director's Vision, 1999)  
  "Between 1956 and 1960, Boetticher directed a cycle of Westerns that were to secure for him an enthusiastic following among connoisseurs of the genre both here and abroad. These films usually were produced by Harry Joe Brown, written with Burt Kennedy, and starred Randolph Scott...The films are masculine affairs, involving confrontations between male antagonists constantly at odds with their world and always ready to deal with expected treachery." - (The MacMillan International Film Encyclopedia, 1994)  
  "A filmmaker who lenses low-budget properties with a sense of camera style, psychology, and wit, Boetticher is best remembered for a series of Westerns starring Randolph Scott." - William R. Meyer (The Film Buff's Catalog, 1978)  

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