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Cimarron

November 30th, 2005

[Cimarron]

Adapted from the 1929 novel by Edna Ferber, Cimarron (1931) was the first Western to win the Oscar for Best Picture (the second one was Dances with Wolves in 1990).

The film opens with the spectacular sequence of the first Oklahoma Land Run on 22 April 1889, starting the epic saga of the Cravat family.

Yancey Cravat is the adventurer-idealist who spurns the opportunity to become governor, because he opposes legislation taking land away from the Native Americans. His restless spirit forces him to leave his family, ever in pursuit of new adventures, while his wife Sabra builds their newspaper Oklahoma Wigwam into a publishing empire.

Cimarron was directed by Wesley Ruggles, starring Richard Dix and Irene Dunne; a remake in 1960 was directed by Anthony Mann, and interpreted by Glenn Ford and Maria Schell.

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