Marlon Brando’s One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

Marlon Brando as Rio, the internalized anti-hero of One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

Criterion’s Blu-ray release of One-Eyed Jacks is one of the disk highlights of the year, its restored image and sound confirming this great western’s stature. Marlon Brando’s sole directing effort is a key transitional moment between the traditional western and the national myth it represented and the modern deconstruction of that myth by filmmakers like Sam Peckinpah and Arthur Penn.