The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) returns to the big screen today (February 15th) at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The screening of the film, which stars Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck in the title roles, is part of a series being held across the United State to promote the film into a regular place in repertory cinema. This movement is being led by the site Jesse James Revival.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford opens in the last year of life for the outlaw, who lived from 1847 to 1882. Robert Ford is an adoring new gang member that joins in time for a train robbery. Directed by Andrew Dominik, the film showcases a strong ensemble cast as it takes a meditative look at such themes as celebrity, loyalty and regret. A melancholic and reflective mood is created through the camera work of cinematographer Roger Deakins and the musical compositions of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Westernsreboot.com explored the combination of camera and music in the post Film Poetry. This is the opening to the film:
The 7:30 pm (PST) showing of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford at the Egyptian Theatre will be followed with a question-and-answer session with both Dominik and Deakins.
UPDATE: The Feb.15th screening is now sold out – a stand-by line for tickets will be set-up.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)