(1946) Directed by John Ford. Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature. (97 min.) DCP.
Masterful John Ford stages the gunfight at the OK Corral with chiaroscuro magnificence
against Monument Valley. The Earps vow vengeance against the sociopathic Clanton boys after a murder and cattle rustling, but Wyatt bides his time.
“A great western because of exactly what it delivers that westerns normally didn't: a measure of emotional maturity, a sense of dread and cost in regards to violence, a notion of frontier life being difficult and soul-hardening” (TCM.com).
Our films are piquantly peripatetic this season, celebrating Ingrid Bergman’s 100th birthday, reflecting NCMA exhibitions on Elizabethan portraiture and Ansel Adams landscapes, transporting us to the North Carolina mountains of the early 20th century, and basking in the forbidden lust and corruption of midcentury Mexican noir.