Track of the Cat
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Track of the Cat
Moody and symbolic, this western is best remembered for William H. Clothier's innovative realization of director William Wellman's goal to create a black and white film in color. To accomplish this, the entire production was designed in shades of black and white (including the horses) and then photographed in color. The only colorful items are the actors' skin tones, two articles of clothing, the blue sky and the green of a few fir trees. The result is a bleak and claustrophobic ambience that matches the tone of the tale. Set in wintery northern California during the 1880s, the… More

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"It has no psychological pattern, no dramatic point. There's a lot of pretty snow scenery in it and a lot of talk about deep emotional things. But it gets lost in following some sort of pretense."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"It's one of those overlooked great films that somehow slips under the radar, in this case probably because it's unique as a Western."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Mitchum hunts a cougar... and that's about it."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
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