High Noon (1952)
Film Screening (B&W )
An NCPA & Film Heritage Foundation Presentation
High Noon, a 1952 American Western film, is celebrated for its exploration of morality, duty and integrity. Gary Cooper, the reluctant hero, earned an Academy Award for his role as Marshal Will Kane. The storyline follows Kane’s attempt to retire and start a new life with his Quaker wife, Amy (Grace Kelly). However, the return of vengeful outlaw Frank Miller forces Kane to confront the threat alone, highlighting themes of individual responsibility. Produced during the Cold War, the film is seen as an allegory about Hollywood’s response to the House Un-American Activities Committee. The movie’s impact led to critical responses, including John Wayne’s disagreement who called the film un-American. The use of real-time storytelling, Cooper’s standout performance, and Tex Ritter’s classic title song contribute to the film’s enduring legacy.
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
Screenplay by Carl Foreman
Cinematography by Floyd Tiomkin
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Cast: Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Grace Kelly, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney Jr & others
Admission on a first-come-first-served basis. NCPA Members will get preferential seating till 6.20 pm.