With <i>Fort Apache</i>, John Ford offers a patriotic and questioning western
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With Fort Apache, John Ford offers a patriotic and questioning western

Fort Apache (1948) is a very solemn classic western by John Ford, intertwining the barbarity shown in the huge battles between the U.S. cavalry and Indians with the subtle delicacy of love stories and romance.  Taking place in the magnificent atmosphere of Monument Valley, Fort Apache is the first movie of the “Cavalry Trilogy” — … Continue reading

The battle of The Alamo, in a John Wayne production
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The battle of The Alamo, in a John Wayne production

    In The Alamo (1960), his only film as director, John Wayne wanted to show how a famous group of men fought heroically against the Mexican authorities to achieve Texas independence.  The movie presents the opposition of two distinct armies with, on the one hand, Davy Crockett, Colonel Travis, Jim Bowie and their men, … Continue reading

<i>The Big Country</i> (1958): A movie worth (re-) discovering
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The Big Country (1958): A movie worth (re-) discovering

Better known for his multi Academy Awards winning epic movie Ben Hur, William Wyler also directed one of the most memorable Westerns of all time. Despite its somehow dissuasive length, The Big Country has established itself as a classic along the years. In William Wyler’s legendary 1958 film The Big Country, Gregory Peck plays James … Continue reading

Tarantino unchains the taboo of slavery
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Tarantino unchains the taboo of slavery

In his movie Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino explores 19th-century America and tackles the sensitive subject of slavery with a singularity that revives the Western genre. Carried by a dream cast, this story of love, revenge and violence is already one of Tarantino’s masterpieces. Riding across Texas on his horse-drawn carriage, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) … Continue reading

<i>The Hanging Tree</i> (1959): “To really live, you must almost die”
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The Hanging Tree (1959): “To really live, you must almost die”

In Delmer Daves’s The Hanging Tree, one of his last movies before his death in 1961, Gary Cooper is a natural in his tall, dark and brooding glory: the hero that is not so much a hero, rescuing the damsel-in-distress who, it turns out, is perhaps not really the one in distress. The Hanging Tree … Continue reading

<i>The Treasure of the Sierra Madre</i> (1948), or what “gold does to men’s souls”
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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), or what “gold does to men’s souls”

John Huston’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) tells the story of two destitute American men who see a life-changing opportunity when they encounter an old prospector still willing to pursue happiness by seeking gold. The story takes place in the 1920s in Tampico, Mexico, where Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) and Curtin (Tim Holt), two … Continue reading

John Ford’s <i>Rio Grande</i>: good (or bad?) things always come in threes…
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John Ford’s Rio Grande: good (or bad?) things always come in threes…

Released in 1950, Rio Grande is the third movie of legendary director John Ford’s so-called “cavalry trilogy”. Based on a story published in the Saturday Evening Post “Mission With No Record” (1947) by James Warner Bellah, the movie is the first to cast the famous on-screen couple John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. After the American … Continue reading