Ahhh...Budd Boetticher!! My favorite director of American Westerns!!
I will be honest with you, Ming, I think DECISION AT SUNDOWN is his weakest effort as far as the films he did with Randolph Scott.
I still like it, but it is not up to the standards of RIDE LONESOME, BUCHANAN RIDES ALONE, THE TALL T, 7 MEN FROM NOW, or COMANCHE STATION.
If any of you ever get the chance to see the full-length documentary about Boetticher entitled: BUDD BOETTICHER: A MAN CAN DO THAT---you should definitely watch it! GREAT stuff!!
There are highlights from this documentary on the 7 MEN FROM NOW disc.
And, yes, this is the documentary that features Clint Eastwood and Quentin Tarantino sitting together and discussing the effect Boetticher's films had on them as viewers and filmmakers.
Check it out, if you can!
I snagged a copy via a broadcast on TCM and I believe it has also aired on IFC (not positive, though).
VIVA BUDD BOETTICHER!!!
PS= @ Romaine...
The quote from HORIZON'S WEST is excellent and is always worth repeating!
"The moral of Boetticher's films is thus a simple one: everyone loses. Life defeats charm, innocence is blasted. The world is finally a sad and funny place, life a tough, amusing game, which can never be won but must be played. If Boetticher's films can darken to near-tragedy, the pessimism is always held in check by an innate response to the absurdity of it all, the way in which we are forced to take up roles in a farce. It is this comic awareness in Boetticher that is behind what appears a natural classicism."