Tuesday, December 27, 2005

The Searchers

The Searchers
1956 -- Not Rated
Director: John Ford
John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles

Forever ensconced in the American psyche as the pre-eminent cowboy, John Wayne was also a wonderful actor though he is rarely lauded as such. In The Searchers, the Duke portrays one of the most complex characters of his storied career. The conflicts and emotions that ravage the character on the inside are clearly seen in Waynes eyes. Waynes portrayal may not have been good enough to win an Oscar in 1956 (Yul Brynner won that year) but it was surely good enough to at least be nominated, but he wasn't. A sad testament to the Academy's tastes.

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