Movie Diary 3/28/2018

The Magnificent Seven (John Sturges, 1960). Stately horizontal compositions, landscape as a stripped-down backdrop for strategy, a sense of doom and resignation hanging around the fun of assembling a team. Along with being a beloved classic, this really is a good film. The inspired casting and Elmer Bernstein’s peerless Western score are key to its success, needless to say. Steve McQueen gives a little master class on how you can convey personality even while sharing screen time with a crowd of actors. It looks much better on a big screen than on a small TV, I can tell you that. Also, did anybody ever have a better time acting than Eli Wallach?