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Implacable in Texas

In the NYRB Implacable in Texas

A review of The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend by Glenn Frankel

Texans, Commanches, race war and a Fate Worse Than Death. A film filled with nuances and glances, the idea of Ford as a director who was still making silent movies and better for it. It's still a great piece of work playing with the Western marred slightly by Fordian horseplay. Think I prefer the printed myth of Valance myself, edging towards politics beyond a heroic back shooting world.
Watched this again the other day - the music makes so much more of the film. Most notably Lorena - supposedly the most popular ballad sung on both side of the second continental civil war.

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