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    Ride With the Devil

    Presented by at Harvard Film Archive

    October 28, 2013


    Ride With the Devil

    A harrowingly personal look at life on the fringes of the Civil War, this revisionist Western marks Lee’s first foray into action filmmaking, while retaining the humanistic sense of family drama that marks his four previous films. Following a group of young Missouri men who become unofficial guerilla fighters in the War Between the States, Ride With the Devil tracks their dark journey into the horrors of war, as their seemingly righteous desire to defend and avenge their countrymen devolves into the nihilistic violence of the infamous Lawrence Massacre. Based on Daniel Woodrich’s novel Woe to Live On, James Schamus’ screenplay eschews schematic relationships between characters, instead presenting complex sets of alliances, antagonisms, betrayals, and affections. Coolly received or overlooked altogether upon its initial release, the film has been critically resurrected as one of Lee’s most underrated and intense pieces of cinema.

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    Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque
    24 Quincy Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138

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    Admission Info:

    $9 - Regular Admission
    $7 - Non-Harvard Students, Harvard Faculty and Staff, and Senior Citizens
    Regular HFA screenings are free for all Harvard students with a valid photo ID.
    $12 - Special Event Ticket Price for all patrons
    Discounts apply for Harvard Film Archive Members

    Phone: 617-496-3211

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