She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
After Custer's defeat at the Little Big Horn, a US Cavalry Captain takes his troop out on a final patrol to handle a breakout from a nearby Indian reservation. His mission is further complicated by the commanding officer's wife and niece who accompany the patrol.
(For this & Rio Grande, sorta)
The subtle yet powerful implications of the U.S. government and military present in Fort Apache are nowhere to be found in the latter two films of the trilogy, although both contain well-drawn, multifaceted portraits of the cavalry camps; She Wore a Yellow Ribbon focusing on a nearly retired veteran general who never attained the glory he had hoped for along with a comical love triangle, Rio Grande, more dramatically centered on a general whose estranged wife shows up at camp to pull their son, who after failing out of West Point is assigned to the general’s station. Ford’s typically deft handling of romantic drama, bonding of the soldiers, and comic relief make both films compulsively…
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This one I have seen before, but recently watching Fort Apache made me curious to go back to it. (I also, honestly, had a very stressful couple of weeks with a death in the family, and I needed something to get me away from that.) Not sure if the portrayal of the Native Americans is better or worse in this one, but it might be my favorite use of Monument Valley in a Ford.
Must start with Mildred Natwick. Is there anybody on screen that is as comfortable in her own skin as she? I'm starting to formulate a Mildred Movie Marathon in my mind so that I can watch and learn. She's marvelous.
I'm settling into the cadence of the last two films. The music cues, the characters, the pacing, the scenery... It all comes together in a very pleasant movie watching experience; like a big old quilt that you get to wrap up in and put your feet up for a spell. I probably should go on to other directors for variety, but am much too content and will stay with Ford for awhile. I'm beginning to really look forward to My…
One of those films I think I've not seen before, then every time I catch it on TV, I watch a bit and instantly remember that yes, I have in fact seen it.
I'm logging it here with the date, just so that next time, I can check Letterboxd and go "ah, I have seen it before!" and not feel like I have to watch the whole thing. Even though, technically, I didn't actually watch the whole thing on Saturday. Just an hour or so of it.
I do like Ford as a director, but there's something a bit too uninspired about this. It's got the great scenery there, as you'd expect, but nothing that really makes it memorable (well,…
First film featured in HS film class. Fall of 1972. Thanks Mr. Lowenstein.
For første gang siden Red River har jeg sett en film med John Wayne jeg faktisk liker. Ikke noe galt med filmene, men ikke særlig glad i selve skuespilleren. Ikke kan han spille og han står for alt i bransjen som jeg hater (les : McCarthylojalister og svartelisteoperatører osv osv)
anyway...god gammeldags cowboy&indianer film...rettere sagt blåjakker&indianere. Wayne spiller en veteran som skal gå av om noen dager, men kaster seg inn i en krangel med indianere rett før pensjonen skal avskrives.
Not my favorite Ford movie by a long shot. There's a lot of silliness and a lot of frustrating and borderline offensiveness. However, it is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. Absolutely stunning.
I'd rate this one as Wayne's fourth best performance (after The Searchers, The Shootist, and Red River). He's terrific here as Captain Brittles, a lifelong cavalry vet facing forced retirement in a week. Watch him hold back tears when the men give him a silver watch for a going away present, and then tell me Wayne couldn't act.
This one has it all: Violent young Indians and wise old chiefs. Silly young officers in a love triangle with the lovely Colonel's niece (Joanne Dru, joining Wayne again after the glorious Red River). A crusty, hard-drinking Irish sergeant-major who can fight off seven men sent to arrest him but marches himself straight to jail on the command of the Colonel's wife. Indians and Cavalrymen fighting it out in gorgeous Monument Valley. A Southern sergeant who refers to Brittles as a "Yankee Captain". Even a reference to Custer's death.
A classic western, and one of Wayne's best films.