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Some of the leading young American filmmakers of the 1940s and 1950s had come to the cinema from a theatre background that had been radicalised in the late 1930s where visual values and 'reality' rather than the text and the word had become most important. Samuel Fuller came to the cinema not from theatre with its cultural and literary resonances, but from a world that was more crude, more direct and less cultivated, the world of tabloid journalism and mass media sensationalism. Fuller worked in tabloid journalism from the age of 12 years old, eventually becoming a reporter, then a crime reporter. Fuller's films are intensely realistic, but with an intensity and amplitude that unsettles their realism. In Forty Guns, Griff Bonell and his brothers Wes and Chico are out on a road in a desolate landscape stretched across the cinemascope surface of the screen.

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