Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, July 30, 2011

4:00 PM

(USA/1939—directed by John Ford)
John Ford’s Stagecoach represented the first great maturing of the western on screen, and is such a skilled example of storytelling that Orson Welles reportedly watched it some 30-plus times before beginning work on his Citizen Kane two years later – Welles felt that everything one needed to lean about filmmaking was right here, and it’s hard to disagree. The first film Ford shot in the iconic Monument Valley, Stagecoach tells the multiple stories of passengers thrown together for a perilous journey; while all the characters are woven into a memorable tapestry, it was John Wayne’s role as the wanted Ringo Kid that turned him into a star, and made him the actor that Ford would be most identified with. With Claire Trevor, Thomas Mitchell, John Carradine, Andy Devine and many, more more. (95 min.)
“If American movies peaked in 1939, John Ford was one of the reasons.” –Walter Addiego, –San Francisco Chronicle