Amazoncom: the searchers: essays and reflections on john ford's classic western (contemporary approaches to film and media series) (9780814330562 ): arthur m eckstein, peter lehman, brian henderson, david grimsted, douglas pye, gaylyn studlar, james f brooks, kathryn kalinak, martin winkler, richard. The searchers radically reinvented every wild west trope, the critics said trouble is, no one told john wayne or john ford, writes xan brooks. It's a very good western most of the performances are weak, but the direction and storytelling are powerful the buildup to the first comanche attack is a perfect example: the audience knows what will happen, but the family in the farmhouse doesn't, but they gradually gain more signs and it builds until the. Reflections on the searchers welcome to my page of notes on john ford's famous film starring john wayne and jeffrey hunter a video presentation of these notes is available here aaron edwards and most of his family have been attacked and kidnapped or killed in a comanche raid ethan (john wayne), aaron's. John ford's the searchers (1956) opens with the arrival of ethan edwards (john wayne) at his brother's home in southern texas, three years after the civil war has ended what appears to be a friendly and welcome family visit soon takes on sinister overtones when ethan's nephew asks him about the.
The searchers essaysthe savage persona, the war paint, the feathers and the beating drums are just some of the stereotypical images and attributes associated with native american culture the casting of native americans into villainous roles of early film and television has perpetuated a false perce. Academic essay examining john ford's film the searchers and its treatment of race, racism and the fear of miscegenation and how these issues are refracted through five significant characters: ethan, scar, martin, debbie and look. Gaylyn studlar and hubert i cohen emphasize the film's break from western conventions major biographies of john ford by scott eyman, joseph mcbride, and tag gallagher provide insight into the film's production history, as does glenn frankel analysis of the searchers has been sustained by many.
The searchers, john ford's epic 1956 western, is a film geek's paradise: it is preposterous in its plotting, spasmodic in its pacing, unfunny in its hijinks, bipolar in its politics, alternately sodden and convulsive in its acting, not to mention boring impossible to enjoy, and yet not as obviously medicinal as, say,. The searchers (1956) philosophical issues: racism characters: ethan edwards (john wayne), martin pawley (jeffrey hunter), debbie edwards ( kidnapped younger daughter), lucy edwards (kidnapped older daughter), laurie jorgensen (marty's girlfriend), reverend clayton, mose harper (mentally. The searchers (1956) is considered by many to be a true american masterpiece of filmmaking, and the best, most influential, and perhaps most-admired film of director john ford it was his 115th feature film, and he was already a four-time best director oscar winner (the informer (1935), the grapes of wrath (1940), how.
In many ways a traditional western, the searchers (1956) is considered by critics as one of the greatest hollywood films, made by the most influential of western directors but john ford's classic work, in its complexity and ambiguity, was a product of post-world war ii american culture and sparked the deconstruction of the. The searchers: essays and reflections on john ford's classic western brings historians and film scholars together to cover the major critical issues of this film as seen through a contemporary prism the book also contains the first published , sustained reaction to the film by native americans the essays explore a wide. The searchers has been cited as one of the greatest films of all time, such as in the bfi's decennial sight & sound polls in 1972, the searchers was ranked 18th in 1992, fifth in 2002, 11th in 2012, 7th in a 1959 cahiers du cinema essay, godard compared the movie's ending with that of the reuniting of odysseus with.
But more than just making a social statement like other westerns of the period were apt to do, ford instills in the searchers a visual poetry and a sense of melancholy that is rare in american films and rarer still to westerns for an essay in the international dictionary of films and filmmakers, film scholar ed lowry wrote:. A discussion of themes and character development in john ford's “the searchers.