Sunday, 8 January 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 28: Sat Jan 28

Drums Along the Mohawk (Ford, 1936): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.20pm

This 35mm screening is part of the 'Martin Scorsese Curates' season at BFI Southbank. The film is also being shown at the cinema on January 31st. Full details here.

Time Out review:
A typical Ford hymn to the pioneer spirit, his first film in colour and absolutely stunning to look at. Set on the eve of the Revolutionary War, it's a stirring account of the trials of a young couple setting up home in an isolated farming community, particularly memorable for the sequence in which Fonda outdoes Rod Steiger's 'run of the arrow', racing two Mohawks in a fantastic cross-country marathon to bring help to the beleaguered fort. Very funny too, on occasion, as witness the redoubtable Edna May Oliver's confrontation with a band of marauding Indians.
Tom Milne

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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