Dir. John Ford. 1956, 119 mins. 35mm. With John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Jeff Hunter, Vera Miles. With John Wayne at his darkest, as the obsessive Ethan Edwards, the story of an outsider’s quest to find his abducted niece and the Comanche chief who kidnapped her combines a study of pathological behavior, a conflicted examination of racism, and breathtaking views of the Monument Valley landscape. Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader are among the many contemporary directors influenced by the structure and style of this darkly ambiguous masterpiece.
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