A Man Alone, while never breaking the mold for its particular type of tale, manages to embody the form just right; a narratively tight yet decompressed Western from smack in the middle of the 1950s. The notable first of longtime star Ray Milland’s six directorial efforts, A Man Alone is a peppercorn burst amid the dwindling output of its studio, Republic Pictures.
This movie, layered and memorable, played the Directors Fortnight portion of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival before making the festival circuit that year and into 2018. Though its obscurity is unfortunate, meaning that Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts won’t appear on very many year-end Best Films lists, it is nevertheless deserving of more as one of the outstanding cinema accomplishments of the previous several years.
The Trip to Bountiful does a fine job in evoking a certain postwar southern tension, in both the primary family and its world. The film is once again widely available to remind us that you really can’t go home again- even when you can.