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Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Vanessa W.

I watched this movie last year because it influenced another great film that is one of my favorites, Taxi Driver. Strangely enough, I do have a soft spot for Westerns (Bonanza is one of my favorite tv shows).

It's funny, your post made me realize how much of the logic of the Western genre I just take for granted at this point. I found myself thinking, "Well, of *course* this has nothing to do with what Western life was really like!" haha.

The film is one of my favorites (the cinematography, in particular, is what really sells it for me), but you're right about the comic relief. One comes to expect it from old silent pictures from the twenties but it's hard to believe that was still considered necessary by the time The Searchers was made.

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