BRIDGESTONE AWARD "Best in Ireland 2011, 2012 and 2013.
A classic Western regarded by many as the best of the genre, John Ford’s THE SEARCHERS stars John Wayne as Ethan Edwards, a case-hardened Civil War veteran returning to his brother’s Texas home in 1868. During an violent Indian raid on the house, two children are abducted. The posse continues to search for the girls but turns back as winter settles in. However, Ethan and his companion press on for another seven years, with the Indian-hating veteran becoming ever more fanatical as the hard seasons pass.
In his epic meditation on racism, obsession, paranoia, and the myth of the West, Ford explores the ugly underside of a genre that he had imbued with optimism in his early career. Wayne gives perhaps his most powerful performance as the embittered Edwards, but it’s the visual poetry of what are possibly Ford’s most carefully framed, lit, and composed images that shape this masterwork from beginning to end.
This Western will be shown on Thursday, 20th February at 8.00pm in Nenagh Arts Centre. Admission: €8