Cinema: Old Magic in New Mexico THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR

Directed by Robert Redford Screenplay by David Ward and John Nichols

The man never emerges from behind the camera, but every frame tells you who directed The Milagro Beanfield War. This movie even looks like Robert Redford: it's smart and handsome, with a crinkly smile around the edges. It boasts wistful vistas and umber landscapes. Clouds stampede over the northern New Mexico terrain, where hillocks perch like adobe huts. The kiss of two fine brown faces is silhouetted by an orange sunset, flaring into sympathetic melodrama. Night falls, and there's a rope of rainbow in the sky; a frosted moon smiles behind a scrim of mist. It makes for quite a pretty...

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