Sunday, March 24, 2013

After reading Glenn Frankel's book on THE SEARCHERS I finally got around to watching the movie, again, on Blu-ray. What a magnificent print...didn't think it could but this version made Monument Valley look even more majestic and beautiful. I watched it differently this time. I concentrated on John Wayne's performance and what a performance it is....maybe one of the best screen acting jobs ever. "No," you say, "John Wayne can't act. How can you say this?" My reply...."Just watch the movie." No matter what preconceived notions you may have about John Wayne, his acting, his politics, etc. Just put all that behind you and sit down and watch this great film. THE SEARCHERS, along with ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, are not only my two favorite westerns of all time but two of my favorite movies of all time. Now maybe I'll find time to re-read my copy of Alan LeMay's book of the same name...57 years later.