You don't have to look far for evidence that the searchers (1956) is considered one of the greatest films ever made, indeed a near perfect masterpiece it's been popping up on the sight and sound 10-best films list since 1972 increasing numbers of essays and books about it have appeared since the '70s, starting with. A video essay detailing john ford's epic western masterpiece, 'the searchers' ( 1956) made for my film art presentation for the new york film academy resear. Sam grudzien the civil war to modern america the searchers reflection essay tom ford's the searchers is a western film starring john wayne who plays ethan edwards the searchers (1956) by steve has written about this common searchers debate in his essay “defending the searchers” think the searchers is a film about. Since its release in 1956, john ford's the searchers has become one of the most controversial films in hollywood history at the center of the controversy is ethan edwards, played by john wayne in what many consider his finest performance throughout the film edwards pursues a band of indians who killed his brother's. So said new york times film critic bosley crowther in his may 31, 1956, review of the searchers roger ebert's essay on the film is a little more realistic: the film involves the silly romantic subplot and characters hauled in for comic relief, including the swedish neighbor lars jorgensen (john qualen),. The searchers was my all-time favourite western until the moment i saw it ford's 1956 film casts foursquare john wayne in the role of foursquare ethan edwards, a civil war veteran on the trail of murderous comanche edwards is in pursuit of his niece debbie (natalie wood), who was abducted as a child.
The searchers (1956) texas 1868 after a long, unexplained absence, civil war veteran ethan edwards arrives at the home of his estranged brother, aaron, and his wife, martha, for whom he harbors a secret love soon after ethan's return, a posse of lawmen headed by captain reverend samuel clayton invite ethan and. Introduction what binds such famous directors as steven spielberg, george lucas and martin scorsese their deep affection for john ford's the searchers spielberg not only painted ford's monument valley onto a bed-sheet backdrop for a two-reel western in 7th grade, he watched the searchers twice. The guide looks at the origins of the western genre and the searchers' place in its history, incorporating narrative structure, character development, music and filmic techniques the searchers: certificate u running time 119 minutes major credits for the searchers the searchers 1956 (whitney/ warner.
The searchers (1956) philosophical issues: racism characters: ethan edwards (john wayne), martin pawley (jeffrey hunter), debbie edwards ( kidnapped younger daughter), lucy edwards (kidnapped older daughter), laurie jorgensen (marty's girlfriend), reverend clayton, mose harper (mentally. (the novelist jonathan lethem has written about this common searchers debate in his essay “defending the searchers”, which is worth seeking out if you haven't read it) as for john wayne's character, he is, obviously, a huge part of what makes the story so fascinating to watch unfold as ethan edwards.
The searchers (1956) is considered by many to be a true american masterpiece of filmmaking, and the best, most influential, and perhaps most-admired film of director john ford it was his 115th feature film, and he was already a four-time best director oscar winner (the informer (1935), the grapes of wrath (1940), how. In the searchers (1956), however, john ford creates one of the more complex representations of social issues on western frontiers, in which he explores not simply interactions between whites and indians, but those between immigrants and hispanics as well in addition to showing social interactions between different. The moby dick of the western movies john ford's best and john wayne's best too | see more ideas about film posters, print advertising and search.