Monday, May 15, 2017

Shane, Oedipus Rex

It was in Technicolor but here's a still in black and white.
I shouldn't have watched Shane so soon after watching Oedipus Rex.

If you ask me, Shane was an Oedipal fantasy. Shane was Joey's alter-ego in his Oedipal conflict with his father. The whole plot was Shane moving in with the family and replacing the father, Joe Starrett (Van Heflin). His son idolizes Shane, his wife is in love with him. In the end, the father announces he's going to town to almost certain death so that Shane can marry his widow. Shane pistol whips him and goes to town in his place.

"And Mother wants you. I know she does!" Joey tells Shane.

Stranger movie than I realized.

Brandon deWilde startled by the gunshot.

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