About River of No Return

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Action/Adventure, Western

After Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and How to Marry a Millionaire, Twentieth Century Fox cast Marilyn Monroe as a saloon singer and assigned Otto Preminger to direct his first Western and first widescreen film. As a western, River of No Return is conventional; as an exercise in widescreen composition, it is exceptional. Preminger’s preference for developing action within the frame was ideally suited to the widescreen format, for which he created horizontal compositions and lateral movements that draw the spectator’s eye across the frame. (2K DCP Presentation)

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