Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

Pax and Michael continue their trail towards Butch and Sundance with the '70s Robert Redford mountain man Western, Jeremiah Johnson. There's also some Pony Express and Michael has thoughts about the King Arthur in the Wild West comic, Caliber.


  1. Great film. A big factor in what makes it enjoyable compared to a lot of recent films is that it is willing to be subtle and not think it has to tell you explicitly what is going on. A few additional notes:
    1) The early bit with the fire is possibly a direct homage to Jack London's short story "To Build a Fire" (thank you high school literature class).

    2) The film's encounters with others runs in an order, and then reverses itself. (a) Paints-His-Shirt-Red (b) Bear Claw (c) Crazy Lady's house (d) Del Gue (e) Flathead Indians and Swan, and then Del Gue, Crazy Lady, Bear Claw, and the final meeting with Paints-His-Shirt-Red.

    Del Gue seems to be mainly useful as the narrative device to explain the differences between the Blackfoot, Crow, Flathead, etc.

  2. I like Jack London, but I haven't read that one. I will now. Thanks!