Monday, January 18, 2010

#173: Fort Apache

Directed by: JOHN FORD
1948, TSPDT Rank #920

I think that John Ford westerns like this one might have been reduced to sub-par genre pics, if not directed by the master, filmed in beautiful Monument Valley, and using such great actors like Henry Fonda and obviously John Wayne. Ford has an extraordinary way of composing his shots; the glorious and heroic way he shows the cavalry in the final battle scene has much in common with the films of Eisenstein. However its meandering middle section and quite average-feeling plotline leave it somewhat lower in the ranks of Ford's filmography. In any case, The Searchers its not, but a fine film it still is.

(Rating: 6/10)

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