The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

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“Rooms seemed hotter when he was in them, rain fell straighter, clocks slowed,” is how the legendary bank robber is described in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, a stunningly beautiful reinvention of the Western by director Andrew Dominik (Chopper, Killing Them Softly). Casey Affleck (who received an Oscar nomination for his role) is the awkward young acolyte Robert Ford, whose life becomes dramatically intertwined with the charismatic criminal Jesse James, played by Brad Pitt. Stunningly photographed by the great Roger Deakins (No Country For Old Men), The Assassination of Jesse James is brilliantly conceived as a reflection on the past, filmed in a series of beautifully realized tableaux. This 2007 Oscar-nominated film (Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography) instantly developed a cult following, yet is rarely revived on the big screen. Also starring Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker and Sam Rockwell. (Dir. by Andrew Dominik, 2007, USA, 160 mins., Rated R) Digital