Video: A speck in the cosmos – the inner frontiers of Raoul Walsh’s Pursued

Often described as the first psychoanalytic western, Raoul Walsh’s 1947 Pursued plays out the traumas of Robert Mitchum’s homecoming Civil War vet as an existential maelstrom of violence, isolation and psychopathy. In this video essay Tag Gallagher offers a psychological reading of one of Hollywood’s weirdest westerns.

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