This time on the podcast, Scott is joined by David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett to discuss Monte Hellman’s The Shooting and Ride in the Whirlwind.
In the midsixties, the maverick American director Monte Hellman conceived of two westerns at the same time. Dreamlike and gritty by turns, these films would prove their maker’s adeptness at brilliantly deconstructing genre. Shot back-to-back for famed producer Roger Corman, they feature overlapping casts and crews, including Jack Nicholson in two of his meatiest early roles. The Shooting, about a motley assortment of loners following a mysterious wanted man through a desolate frontier, and Ride in the Whirlwind, about a group of cowhands pursued by vigilantes for crimes they did not commit, are rigorous, artful, and wholly unconventional journeys to the Old West.
Purchase the Film
Roger Corman and Monte Hellman discuss the films
- The Shooting/Ride in the Whirlwind – The Criterion Collection
- The Shooting and Ride in the Whirlwind: We Can Bring a Good Bit of Rope – From the Current – The Criterion Collection
- The Shooting (1966) – IMDb
- Ride in the Whirlwind (1966) – IMDb
- The Shooting – Wikipedia
- Ride in the Whirlwind – Wikipedia
- The Shooting (1966) – #734 | Criterion Reflections
- Ride in the Whirlwind (1966) – #735 | Criterion Reflections