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Unformatted text preview: Reviews of “the Searchers” 1) It is a typical Hollywood western mired in racism, sentimentality, and wishful thinking 2) Celebrates chauvinism and reinforces prejudices 3) A nuanced exploration oh how prejudice works 4) Blurs the line between justice and revenge 5) The film is not as concerned with the fight between good and evil as it is with “the contradictory tensions that bedevil people who are, in the larger scheme, on the same side.” I.E. it claims we are all morally ambiguous 6) Asks the question of how much violence and barbarism we are prepared to allow to maintain our way of life Questions about “the searchers” 1) is it a war story? Why or why not 2) are we meant to see Ethan Edwards as a hero? If so, what kind of hero is he? 3) Is the film racist or anti-racist? Is it sexist or anti-sexist a. I think it is more sexist then racist 4) What is the position the film takes about when violence is necessary or excusable?...
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- Fall '10
- Discrimination, Ethan, Ethan Edwards, d. Ethan