Stagecoach (1939) John Ford
An absolutely beautiful film, and one of the best Westerns I’ve ever seen. Featuring the most grand and majestic shots of Monument Valley that I’ve ever seen. The story is excellent too, a skillful interpersonal drama, steeped in the silent tradition - full stories told in the looks shared between people.
The intro of John Wayne took my breath away and I could not imagine a better establishing shot for this film legend (whether or not you buy into that legend is a separate discussion, although I did find him to be quite charming here).
And the famous attack - beyond description, only seeing is believing. After the film ended, I revisited that scene several times.
Although parts are difficult to watch these days, knowing that the treatment of both the horses and the Native Americans were inhumane, it’s still an excellent and necessary viewing in the history of Westerns and American film.
#178 - 8/27/2012