Saturday, 12 September 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 275: Fri Oct 2

The Searchers (Ford, 1956): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 8.30pm


This is part of the Passport to Cinema season and also screens on the 4th and 5th October. Ian Christie introduces the film on the 5th.

Chicago Reader review:
We may still be waiting for the Great American Novel, but John Ford gave us the Great American Film in 1956. The Searchers gathers the deepest concerns of American literature, distilling 200 years of tradition in a way available only to popular art, and with a beauty available only to a supreme visual poet like Ford. Through the central image of the frontier, the meeting point of wilderness and civilization, Ford explores the divisions of our national character, with its search for order and its need for violence, its spirit of community and its quest for independence.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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