Format: Criterion Channel
Director: S. Sylvan Simon and George Marshall
Well, Criterion Channel is currently highlighting a collection of films starring Ida Lupino, and that's good news for me, anyway. Always on the hunt for more Lupino, I wanted to check out something I hadn't seen, and we mostly randomly landed on Lust for Gold (1949), what appeared to be a Western, but which really turned out to be Western Noir, which is absolutely a thing.
This is a supremely weird movie, and they needed to make one movie or the other movie in their movie, but instead they give you two partial movies, and I cannot begin to conceive of the "why". A full 2/3rds of the film is flashback to events from the 1880's, and the rest takes place, which a much-less-talented team of actors, in the present day of 1949. And I'm not sure the whole section in 1949 needs to exist at all, and I'm not sure that the events of 1880 shouldn't have been mentioned in about three sentences in a very different version of how the 1949 stuff spins out.
The end result is that you don't get any Ida Lupino until something like 35 minutes into a 90 minute movie, and... come on. What are we even doing here?