History Film / JohnnyGuitar

18th Mar '17 12:54:40 AM JulianLapostat
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* FaceHeelTurn: Johnny Guitar was once, according to Vienna, an extremely brutal outlaw. Within the film he confesses to have ridden ''with'' posses and ridden ''against'' them, he's shown to have itchy trigger fingers and Vienna is visibly scared and terrified at what would happen should he grab a gun again.

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* FaceHeelTurn: HeelFaceTurn: Johnny Guitar was once, according to Vienna, an extremely brutal outlaw. Within the film he confesses to have ridden ''with'' posses and ridden ''against'' them, he's shown to have itchy trigger fingers and Vienna is visibly scared and terrified at what would happen should he grab a gun again.
14th Feb '17 8:41:04 AM JulianLapostat
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* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Vienna insists that this is not so, but hardly by her choice since Johnny left her no options

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* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Not by choice anyway. Vienna insists that this is not so, but hardly by her choice since to Johnny that he left her with no optionsoptions and so she had to work as a prostitute until she saved enough money to start her own business [[spoiler:and she also admits that she had a shallow relationship with the Dancin' Kid. It takes Johnny a little while but he comes around and accepts it, mostly because he understands that it is his own damn fault]].
--> '''Vienna''': A man can lie, cheat and kill and go on talking about his pride, but a woman slips just once, and she has none left.
13th Feb '17 10:49:51 AM JulianLapostat
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* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: Vienna's Saloon is oddly located and carved into the base of a canyon above a mine shaft. It's especially obvious in the interiors of the saloon and see natural canyon rock formations in the interiors used as a rear wall. Film critics noted that it was especially reminiscent of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_architecture Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural philosophy blending natural]] and man-made materials.[[note]]The director Nicholas Ray as a young man, ''did'' apprentice under Wright's Taliesin community of artists. [[/note]]



* SaloonOwner: Vienna is a rare protagonist version. She built a small saloon that eventually became the hub of the local town and is set to prosper with the arrival of the railroad. Her saloon is located at the base of a canyon, and has lodgings, gambling tables and a disciplined staff.

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* SaloonOwner: Vienna is a rare protagonist version. She built a small saloon that eventually became the hub of the local town and is set to prosper with the arrival of the railroad. Her saloon is railroad, located at the base of a canyon, canyon but is already functional and has efficient, with lodgings, gambling tables and a disciplined staff.staff on duty.


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* VictoryByEndurance: Vienna's general plan. Her saloon is located outside town at the base of a cliff above a mining shaft, and receives slim business but once the railroad comes, and an accompanying BoomTown arrives she is set to prosper. As such she is set to prosper even if when the townsfolk force her to close shop. All she has to do is wait and occupy the land and wait for the railroad. [[spoiler:That strategy ends when Emma Small's posse comes and burns down her property]].
13th Feb '17 10:39:40 AM JulianLapostat
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* EvilReactionary: Emma Small and the town seek to enforce the GoodOlWays and forbid by any means necessary the settlement and industry of those they consider outsiders, oppose the arrival of the railroad and the business and new people it would bring, and seek to persecute Vienna solely because she's a woman who owns property and runs her business. They are willing to enforce StatusQuoIsGod or reverse the status-quo with brutal violence and utter contempt for the law.

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* EvilReactionary: Emma Small and the town seek to enforce the GoodOlWays GoodOldWays and forbid by any means necessary the settlement and industry of those they consider outsiders, oppose the arrival of the railroad and the business and new people it would bring, and seek to persecute Vienna solely because she's a woman who owns property and runs her business. They are willing to enforce StatusQuoIsGod or reverse the status-quo with brutal violence and utter contempt for the law.
13th Feb '17 10:35:34 AM JulianLapostat
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* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:By the end of the film the only ones living are Vienna, Johnny, the posse: the rest all die, including everyone of the Dancin' Kid's gang, the Marshall, Emma Small, Old Tom]].


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* EvilReactionary: Emma Small and the town seek to enforce the GoodOlWays and forbid by any means necessary the settlement and industry of those they consider outsiders, oppose the arrival of the railroad and the business and new people it would bring, and seek to persecute Vienna solely because she's a woman who owns property and runs her business. They are willing to enforce StatusQuoIsGod or reverse the status-quo with brutal violence and utter contempt for the law.
* FaceHeelTurn: Johnny Guitar was once, according to Vienna, an extremely brutal outlaw. Within the film he confesses to have ridden ''with'' posses and ridden ''against'' them, he's shown to have itchy trigger fingers and Vienna is visibly scared and terrified at what would happen should he grab a gun again.
* HeroicBystander: Old Tom is very self-consciously one. He's just a hand at Vienna's Saloon but observes in the corner and longs to be important. [[spoiler:He hangs back at Vienna's saloon after she dismisses the rest of the staff and ends up dying trying to defend her]].
--> '''Old Tom''': First time every time's seeing me. Always wanted to be important.


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* LivingLegend: Johnny Logan is such a feared gunslinger that he hides his name as Johnny Guitar to avoid drawing attention. [[spoiler:Notably the Dancin' Kid who jostled with Johnny for Vienna's affections throughout the film immediately]] [[KnowWhenToFoldEm steps back]] when he finds out precisely who it is he's been messing with.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Vienna insists that this is not so, but hardly by her choice since Johnny left her no options
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Presumably the Dancin' Kid's real name isn't the Dancin' Kid, nor is Turkey's real name Turkey.
* RomanticismVersusEnlightenment: Vienna represents the Enlightenment, an independent woman with strong business acumen who welcomes the arrival of the railroad and associated industrialization as an opportunity for personal, social and general advancement, treats her employees fairly and against her is Emma Small and the Posse, who are fearful of progress, dismissive of laws and legal precedent and fear the end of their ways.


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* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Emma Small and her Posse, led by [=McIvers=] don't have the legal right to do all this, and the Marshall vainly follows them trying and failing to establish some form of due process to no avail. As such they can force Vienna and the Dancin' Kid despite both being legal settlers from outside the town to close shop and run them out of town, on the flimsiest of charges.


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* {{Turncoat}}: [[spoiler:Bart (Ernest Borginine) is this for the Dancin' Kid's gang. He constantly rails against the group, insists that they abandon Turkey, and murders Corey when he refuses to go with the scheme, and finally dies trying to shoot the Dancin' Kid in the back]].


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* UndyingLoyalty: Old Tom (John Carradine) has this for Vienna, staying with her even when he doesn't have to and when it is dangerous. [[spoiler:He ends up dying in Vienna's arms after heroically trying and failing to stop her from being arrested by the posse]].
13th Feb '17 10:11:19 AM JulianLapostat
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* SubmissiveBadass: Johnny Guitar serves as this to Vienna, a gun nut with such a dangerous fix that Vienna forbids him from using guns which he listens to, and only acts on her permission. [[spoiler:This makes it ironical that in the end that it is Vienna who finally shoots down and murders Emma Small while Johnny is preoccupied with the Posse]].


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* UnlimitedWardrobe: Joan Crawford was star and main producer so it's rather obvious that she gets the most wardrobe changes of any character. It's especially odd considering that it's a Wild West setting and a short time span of three days which sees her change her costumes a jawdropping six times.
12th Jan '17 9:34:23 AM JulianLapostat
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** It also examines the attraction and danger of gun violence. Turkey, the young outlaw of the Dancin' Kid's gang associates masculinity with being a a fast shooter, whereas Johnny Logan is a RetiredOutlaw who is fleeing his outlaw past by trading a weapon for a pistol.

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** It also examines the attraction and danger of gun violence. Turkey, the young outlaw of the Dancin' Kid's gang associates masculinity with being a a fast shooter, whereas Johnny Logan is a RetiredOutlaw who is fleeing his outlaw past by trading a weapon for a pistol.guitar.
29th May '16 12:09:27 AM JulianLapostat
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* ProtagonistTitleFallacy: Johnny Guitar is the {{Deuteragonist}}, the true main character is Vienna.


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* SecondaryCharacterTitle: Johnny Guitar is the {{Deuteragonist}}, the true main character is Vienna.
28th May '16 12:38:03 PM LongTallShorty64
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'''Johnny Guitar''' is a 1954 [[TheWestern Western]] directed by Creator/NicholasRay, starring Creator/SterlingHayden, Creator/JoanCrawford, Mercedes [=McCambridge=], Ernest Borginine and Ward Bond. It was produced by Republic Pictures and shot in the candy-coloured Trucolor format.

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'''Johnny Guitar''' ''Johnny Guitar'' is a 1954 [[TheWestern Western]] directed by Creator/NicholasRay, starring Creator/SterlingHayden, Creator/JoanCrawford, Mercedes [=McCambridge=], Ernest Borginine and Ward Bond. It was produced by Republic Pictures and shot in the candy-coloured Trucolor format.
28th May '16 12:37:27 PM LongTallShorty64
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* {{Irony}}: Emma Small hates Vienna for her untraditional ways and for acting like men. Yet, by sheer charisma and conviction, Emma leads the very patriarchal posse against Vienna, flouting the traditional ways of women as well.

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* {{Irony}}: Emma Small hates Vienna for her untraditional ways and for acting like men.a man. Yet, by sheer charisma and conviction, Emma leads the very patriarchal posse against Vienna, flouting the traditional ways of women as well.



* TakeThat: Nicholas Ray and the screenwriters, Philip Yordan and an uncredited Ben Maddow (writing under a front because he was [[UsefulNotes/TheHollywoodBlacklist blacklisted]] intended the posse led by Emma Small to be one for [=McCartyhism=]. Ward Bond, one of the leaders of the anti-Communist Motion Picture Alliance plays one of the posse-leaders (albeit a more reluctant sort than Emma).

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* TakeThat: Nicholas Ray and the screenwriters, Philip Yordan and an uncredited Ben Maddow (writing under a front because he was [[UsefulNotes/TheHollywoodBlacklist blacklisted]] intended blacklisted]])intended the posse led by Emma Small to be one for [=McCartyhism=]. Ward Bond, one of the leaders of the anti-Communist Motion Picture Alliance plays one of the posse-leaders (albeit a more reluctant sort than Emma).
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