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Ford and The Searchers I. The Western film - a quick history II. John Ford (1895-1973) III. The Searchers (1956) • Damaged hero • Setting: Monument Valley • Plot: founding story, captive's tale • A turning point • The title: ambiguity Film viewing tonight: Ford, John. The Searchers . 1956. 􀂃 The role of the Western movie o We need to think of the Western as not only a consensus narrative, but a form of our national theater o Like a national repertory theater o It involved a relatively fixed number of actors appeared over and over again o Display: a John Wayne poster. Note the epic quality. o Science fiction films and television today fulfill a lot of the same epic qualities that Westerns used to address. 􀂃 Serenity , for example o The power of the Western mythology is partly useful to us because other genres can borrow or piggyback on their resonance o Even though fewer Westerns are being made today, they’re still relevant o We live in a much more technological environment today, and so a lot of
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