Cinema: Golden Western


Directed by Claude Lelouch

Screenplay by Claude Lelouch

This time Claude Lelouch has dressed his basic movie—the one in which boy takes interminable amounts of time to meet girl—in chaps and cowboy boots. He (James Caan) is a frontier veterinarian; she (Genevieve Bujold) is a French immigrant to the American West in the 1870s. The thing that delays their inevitable meeting for half the picture is the fact that both are married, and it takes a while for absurdist circumstances to dispatch their spouses so that they can conveniently run into each other, hesitate and then finally get together.


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