DIRECTOR: JOHN FORD
CAST: JOHN WAYNE, JEFFREY HUNTER, VERA MILES, WARD BOND, NATALIE WOOD
The apotheosis of the John Wayne persona is also a merciless interrogation of it. Duke stars as Confederate veteran Ethan Edwards who, on the losing side of history, is consumed by a pathological hatred for the Indians, so-called “savages” who Edwards greatly exceeds in his viciousness. Often ranked among Ford’s greatest films, and certainly among his most discomfiting, a study in isolation and obsession that pulls no punches.
The Searchers is screening as part of the series: Welcome to Metrograph: John Ford Edition