􀂃10 - The Searchers o The hero/star John...

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􀂃 The Searchers o The hero/star: John Wayne 􀂃 However, John Ford has begun to problematize his character 􀂃 He’s a damaged character 􀂃 He’s racist 􀂃 He’s admirable, but also deeply un-admirable o Space/Setting 􀂃 This film doesn’t lie about the nature of the West – you see the snow and the rain 􀂃 Filmed in Monument Valley, Arizona – it came to be known as John Ford’s theater 􀂃 This setting, with its looming rock formations, makes all human endeavors seem small in comparison 􀂃 The human buildings seem transient in comparison with this forbidding landscape o Time: visual style 􀂃 The film spans many many years 􀂃 Watch for the transitions 􀂃 You begin to feel like you’re in a space of endless quest 􀂃 It’s like an otherworldly space, that operates according to different rules 􀂃 The visual style reinforces this 􀂃 Note the use of doorways to look into a building or out onto a landscape 􀂃 What is implied by this contrast of enclosure and infinite expanse?
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