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    The Searchers

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    May 27 - May 28, 2011


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    The Searchers

    In 1979, New York Magazine claimed The Searchers the “Super-Cult Movie of the New Hollywood,” the inspiration for non-Westerns from Star Wars to Taxi Driver. Thirty years later, critical consensus upholds The Searchers’ place as not only the supreme Hollywood Western, but—as many would argue—among the greatest American films of all time. John Wayne was never more compelling—frightening and yet sympathetic...

    In 1979, New York Magazine claimed The Searchers the “Super-Cult Movie of the New Hollywood,” the inspiration for non-Westerns from Star Wars to Taxi Driver. Thirty years later, critical consensus upholds The Searchers’ place as not only the supreme Hollywood Western, but—as many would argue—among the greatest American films of all time. John Wayne was never more compelling—frightening and yet sympathetic in his loneliness—than in this dark, haunted role as an Indian fighter whose obsession and racism separate him even from other Westerners. A captivity narrative is mixed with a revenge tale, as former Confederate soldier Wayne returns to his family before setting out for years in search of a niece abducted by Comanches. Ford’s visual storytelling, with precise staging in place of words, was never more masterly; Monument Valley's tomblike monoliths loom above the lost pioneers in an early VistaVision Technicolor spectacle that demands the big screen. (Adapted from Pacific Film Archive film notes) Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive and Lowell Peterson, ASC.


    Paramount Center: Bright Family Screening Room

    559 Washington St.
    Boston, MA 02111

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    $10. $7.50 for Members. $5 for Students.


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