Hollywood legend Barbara Stanwyck saddled up with writer-director Samuel Fuller for the pulp maestroâs most audacious western, a boldly feminist spin on the genre that pivots effortlessly between ribald humor, visceral action, and disarming tenderness. High-riding rancher Jessica Drummond (Stanwyck) commands a forty-strong posse of cowboys, ruling Cochise County, Arizona, without challenge. When U.S. marshal Griff Bonnell (Barry Sullivan) and his brothers arrive in town with a warrant for one of her hired guns, Jessica begins to fall for the lawman even as he chips away at her authority. With astonishing black-and-white CinemaScope photography, hard-boiled dialogue laced with double entendres, and a fiery performance by Stanwyck at her most imperious, Forty Guns is a virtuoso display of Fullerâs sharpshooting talents.
New interview with director Samuel Fullerâs widow, Christa Lang-Fuller, and daughter, Samantha Fuller
A Fuller Life (2013), a feature-length documentary by Samantha Fuller about her father, featuring admirers and collaborators Wim Wenders, William Friedkin, Mark Hamill, James Franco, Monte Hellman, Jennifer Beals, Bill Duke, Constance Towers, and others
New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith, author of In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City
An essay by film scholar Lisa Dombrowski and excerpts from Fullerâs 2002 autobiography, A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking