Kirk Douglas plays a man out of
his time, a wandering cowboy in a world where jet planes streak across the sky
and big trucks belt along concrete highways that slice through the sagebrush.
Dalton Trumbo's screenplay is concerned with the virtues of freedom and
individuality, a pertinent theme for him in that he was one of the
"Hollywood Ten", persecuted for holding anti-establishment views that
displeased HUAC, the notorious House Un-American Activities Committee.
Altruistically, the cowboy tries to spring a friend from a New Mexico jail, and then finds himself a
fugitive on the wrong side of the law. He takes off on horseback for the
mountains, ahead of police vehicles and even an air force helicopter. His chief
pursuer, a wise and sympathetic sheriff played by Walter Matthau, has an
understanding of what Douglas represents, and
would not be unhappy to lose him. There is an air of impending tragedy, with
the frequent cross-cuting to shots of a huge truck driven by Carroll O'Connor
eventually making a kind of sense. The
performances are strong. Matthau and Gena Rowlands are particularly memorable.
But it is Douglas' film. He is a great screen
actor, and exerts his presence and believability in the role of the man who
wants to keep his soul free. The director David Miller never did anything
better, and although it was not particularly successful at the box office, it
has come to be regarded as one of the American classics of the 1960s.
What: Lonely Are The Brave (1962 David Miller)
Format: 16mm Film
Runtime: 107 minutes
When: July 11 & 12 at 7 and 9:30 pm, July 13 @
Where: 5th Ave Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. @ PSU
Admission: Free for PSU Students, Faculty and Staff with
ID; $2 for Other Students, Seniors and Children; $3 General Admission
For more information:
PSU Film Committee