VERA CRUZ & APACHE
Monday, August 5
(1954, Robert Aldrich) Who’s got the carriage of gold? As Juarista rebels battle French occupiers in post-Civil War, ex-rebel Gary Cooper and outlaw Burt Lancaster (along with henchmen Ernest Borgnine, Jack Elam and Charles Bronson) escort countess Denise Darcel to Vera Cruz… and then it’s everyone for themselves. DCP. Approx. 93 min.
“Brash, lively, and totally appealing… conjures up a Mexico that in some ways looks forward to Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch.”
– Geoff Andrew, Time Out (London)
(1954, Robert Aldrich) Geronimo may surrender, but blue-eyed brave Burt Lancaster stays on the warpath for justice – despite studio-imposed ending. 35mm. Approx. 91 min.
“One of the first anti-racist Westerns, directed effectively and warmly by a note-worthy director.”
– Georges Sadoul
“You can see Apache as one of the films that began to examine Native American life and history responsibly, or you can see it as an important stepping stone in the career of Burt Lancaster… Apache was a strikingly new kind of film – not just in the way it really explores the independence of its hero, but in the authentic toughness of Apache life, which makes him a good deal more ‘savage’ than the Indian figures in films like Broken Arrow… This is an important and impressive Western for its time.”
– David Thomson