July 9: The Searchers

Tuesday, July 9 2019| 9PM The Searchers USA 1956 d. John Ford with John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond and Natalie Wood. Technicolor and VistaVision. 119 m

“Like all great works of art, it’s uncomfortable. The core of the movie is deeply painful. Every time I watch it — and I’ve seen it many, many times since its first run in 1956 — it haunts and troubles me. The character of Ethan Edwards is one of the most unsettling in American cinema. In a sense, he’s of a piece with Wayne’s persona and his body of work with Ford and other directors like Howard Hawks and Henry Hathaway. It’s the greatest performance of a great American actor. (Not everyone shares this opinion. For me, Wayne has only become more impressive over time.)” Martin Scorsese

Links: IMDB Wikipedia AFI

See Also: Rio Bravo (Hawks, 1959), The Last Wagon (Daves, 1956), Legend of the Lost (Hathaway, 1957)