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11:00AM - 27th Aug 2022

1947  |  101 mins  |  Classified G

Directed by Raoul Walsh.
With Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright, Judith Anderson, Dean Jagger and John Rodney.

Mitchum and Anderson flourish in this dark psychological western.  On the American frontier, a mother adopts a waif and as the years pass tries to keep her family together and to suppress increasing rivalries and sexual tensions. Haunted by half-remembered childhood trauma, Mitchum is at his best, strongly matched by Judith Anderson as the vulnerable matriarch, the keeper of terrible secrets.  Filmed by Raoul Walsh with the deep shadows and emotional intensity of a noir thriller, PURSUED was applauded in its day: “A Western that overhauls and modernizes the entire tradition of western movies …” wrote Jack Moffitt in Esquire, admiring Anderson’s “brilliant delineation of a pioneer mother who found the wilderness a hell”.  More recently, Paul Taylor in Time Out called it “a superb Western film noir … proving that the late ‘40s noir sensibility spread way beyond the bounds of the urban crime thriller.”

Introduced by Special CIFF Guest:  Prof Desley Deacon.


Desley Deacon

Desley Deacon was Professor of Gender History at the ANU until 2009. After living and teaching in the US for many years, her interest in Australians on Broadway and Hollywood led to her biography, Judith Anderson: Australian Star,  First Lady of the American Stage.  In retirement she continues this interest, writing articles and reviewing books on American and Australian stars, especially those with transnational careers.