The Searchers--Great Directors Film Series
This month's Monday matinee is The Searchers, a 1956 western directed by John Ford. The film stars John Wayne as Ethan Edwards, a middle-aged Civil War veteran who spends years looking for his abducted niece, played by Natalie Wood. Roger Ebert found Ethan Edwards to be "one of the most compelling characters Ford and Wayne ever created." Although The Searchers received no Academy Award nominations, it has come to be considered a masterpiece by critics, and was named the greatest American western by the American Film Institute in 2008. We will begin the movie at 1:00 PM and light snacks will be served.