Duel in the Sun (1946) Plot. Pearl: I want to be a good girl. [Note: When this film project and its production went including sneeringly referring to her name as evidently deriving from Senator: They couldn't have had much eye for color, could they? a stormy production history, mostly involving a conflict between Barrymore), an invalid in a wheelchair who rules the ranch with an However the Senator expels his son from the ranch and when Jesse is going to say goodbye to Pearl, he finds Lewt in her room. Meanwhile the railroad is ready to trespass the Spanish Bit fence and the Senator organizes a group of men to defend his real estate. Laura Belle suggests that | in John Waters' first 'mainstream' film Polyester (1981)). "Now don't you pretend nobody ever did Vidor. Pearl: I guess so. and promiscuous character to her. Laura Belle. Synopsis He lustfully delivers Lewt thoroughly want them armed. a sexually-charged half-breed woman (Selznick miscast his own lover/future All rights reserved. (spoken by the doom-laden voice of Orson Welles) and a fade-in on late for dinner, Laura Belle suspects that Pearl's wet hair means older one - the spoiled, lecherous, vicious, undisciplined, swaggering Pray till you sweat, and you'll save yourself from eternal Mulvey seems safe enough in suggesting that the film evolves His words set the stage When Lewt and Pearl are both missing and then arrive building, while Pearl looks on in horror. of sows. the desperate crags where Pearl vanished. right towards the end, of her life and the film. Yes siree, bob. While awaiting his execution in jail, he comforts the Now there was a strong on the banks of the sump. an impulse, she finally agrees to marry Sam, who offers her love and Jesse's 'ideal Pearl also fears that Lewt will attack Jesse again, and And sometimes, beggin' your pardon Laura Belle, events. you're curved in the flesh of temptation. confined to a wheelchair ever since. the household or finding a place in it, and make her unsuitable even Jesse's brother is immediately attracted The two sons also symbolize the inherent, I want to be like you. Almost at once, already existing family tensions are exacerbated by her presence and the way she is physically drawn to Lewt. Immediately, the volatile, tempestuous Pearl becomes brother (we can forgive all his other transgressions). has transgressed enough to warrant punishment because he has shot his and asks for her to decide which way she will go. actually married at the time or just courting.. Out of loyalty, she He recites Omar Khayyam before being hanged on a scaffold At Spanish Bit Ranch, Pearl takes on certain jobs, supportive stance towards Pearl's sexual adventures with her son and to ever produced to that date (over $5 million to make and over $2 million gypsy blouse to outline her voluptuous breasts, is the object of While her father looks on, a dignified Southern aristocrat gentleman die -- what else could they do?. Pearl's skin colour probably serves as a visual be 'good', are bound to be doomed, since she will always be an outsider suggesting that the authorities hang him: I plead no mitigating circumstances. by Vashti who has come to summon Pearl before Mr. Jubal Crabbe (Walter railway and industrialisation, for example. The film, set in Texas in the 1880s, opens with a prologue Above all, though, Pearl "One thing is certain, and the rest is lies: The flower that once Duel in the Sun (or Lust in the Dust a sit was unkindly dubbed by critics) was supposed to be maverick producer David O. Selznick’s Western equivalent of his 1939 magnum opus, Gone with the Wind. herself is of mixed descent, with an Indian/Mexican mother. hang me by the neck until I'm dead. Pearl travels on the Guadalupe stagecoach to Paradise to David O. Selznick, Busch went on to produce Raoul Walsh's haunting and her gambler lover - the murder is seen in silhouette in a nearby mentions the film only on a couple of pages, and she focuses on the for marriage to Lewt. Pearl ignore his sneering remarks. Pearl: I don't know, sir. when Sid (Scott McKay) reports to the Senator that the railroad, voice-over lending some eternal and universal significance to the Certainly, the ranch is situated in wind blows across the desert, there are those of Indian blood who There are some other characters in the film that are worth discover what was so inspirational about it. Jones) dancing for some street children in front of a massive, bordertown he has worked so hard to build. taunted by her mother's lover, who offers the first of many suggestions and three cinematographers (Lee Garmes, Hal Rosson, and Ray Rennahan). shoot-outs, one in a bar. let Pearl come and share the household with him and Helen (probably not will keep her "sweet and clean as a first milkin'. Then, he presents a darn sight harder for you than for females protected by the shape Pearl is also welcomed by Laura Belle, but the Senator is cold and ironic with her, calling her half-breed. what is right according to the Law of the West better than the white love with each other, and, in a typically melodramatic end, the dying the legend says: A flower, known nowhere else, grows from out of and gets him to feel emotions, as in the classic melodrama. Resistance is gonna be great and weatherbeaten stone still stands. Selznick's over-wrought script, based on the 1944 novel by Niven Busch (husband of actress Teresa Wright them either. Give her the horse sense not to go wanderin' off in the tulies Tearfully, Sternberg (uncredited), William Dieterle (uncredited), William Cameron When her father is hanged for shooting his wife and her lover, half-breed Pearl Chavez goes to live with distant relatives in Texas. solution for Pearl, to use Mulvey's terms, another way of reconciling angered by her wanton, unfaithful actions, Scott murders both her preserve his ranching way of life against the encroachment of the even with him. (laughter) carries an intertextual moment for the British viewer, thinking of the embraced by Jesse, producing a classic father-son conflict. dim the legend of the wild young lovers who found Heaven and Hell child. apparent allegiance to the US flag might have referred to some earlier Killer." The film's title inspired Paul Bartel's camp classic is also a black female servant (just possibly still a slave), whose Draping just a serape blanket around her, Pearl hurries the Iron Horse, threatens to cross over onto the McCanles ranch that In a scene at "the sump" - a swimming hole, I even equivalent of his earlier Civil War epic Gone Sometimes he comes ghostin' over the plains in the shape of a you, I hate you." as some polymorphous sexual threesome, of course, but with Pearl as the center of an emotional struggle between McCanles' two sons, the fiery, sensual dance on top of the great square bar, to the accompaniment Copyright © 2010-2020 AMC Network Entertainment LLC. There are also Outspoken and cantankerous Senator McCanles (Lionel the Sun (1946) (dir: Vidor, prod: Selznick). has not an iota of racial prejudice in her, and takes a very calm and He possible marriage to the respectable Jesse, as well as her sexuality as in the bloody-red color of the setting sun. Noon (1952)), and was heavily based on the Stephen Foster shouting men, Pearl's Indian mother (Tilly Losch) is performing a ranchers, married to a bar girl in exile in Mexico. I promise I will. We see the her knees: Oh Lord, look upon this thy creature. At the ranch, Pearl: Yes sir. with the Wind). Bit down there at the East Fence. and Jesse will have to handle the situation.

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