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Gary Cooper Western 'The Hanging Tree' Makes Shadow and Light a Shifting Moral Statement

Exteriors and interiors are staged with compositions that layer different elements across their own planes of foreground and background, while interiors parcel dark and light according to the nature of the characters.

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Part 2: The Changing Face of Filmmaking

Every staid situation needs shaking up, none more so that the labored Hollywood studio system. The titles chosen for this section stand out as reasons why things had to change, the results of those seismic stylistic shifts.

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TAPS

TAPS suffers from its post-Vietnam jingoistic voice and a story that you simply don't want to buy into.

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Petulia (1968)

For its many commendable qualities -- qualities long recognized by a sizable cult of fans -- Petulia doesn't quite display cultural insight.

Christopher Sieving
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The Day of the Dolphin (1973)

Jake is a '70s-style father, kindly but determined to teach worthy lessons even when he feels his child/dolphin's pain.

Erich Kuersten

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