The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, May 27-June 2

05/27/2015 7:02 AM |

taza-son of cochise

Taza, Son of Cochise (1954)
Directed by Douglas Sirk
There are few Hollywood romances as beguiling or endearing as that of Rock Hudson and the man who loved him, Douglas Sirk. Sirk offered Hudson to audiences as every imaginable ideal of roguish masculinity, Americana’s many shades made flesh. He never displayed more flesh than as Taza, Son of Cochise. Hudson’s performance as a Native American trying to save his tribe from a violent tomorrow is coiled and uneasy: he spits out meaningless syllables with the force of an arrow. Sirk’s pantomime western is all rust-coloured innuendo, Freudian penetration of frame and flesh, and many layers of play and dress-up. Hudson’s body is a totem, a sacrifice to his dueling masters: his heart and his loyalty, the whites and his tribe, his art and his director. This is, in many ways, the purest of Sirk and Hudson’s eight collaborations, if also the roughest and the dirtiest. Scout Tafoya (June 2, 7:15pm; June 8, 9:15pm at Anthology Film Archives’s “This Is Celluloid: 35mm”)