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  • The Searchers

    The Searchers

    ★★★★★

    For a very long time, I was very mild on THE SEARCHERS, I liked it pretty much least of all among mature Ford films. The last few months have been a sort of renaissance with me and Ford––I've watched about a dozen, finding them for the most part richer than before, sometimes by complete orders of magnitude. I can just about say that the films John Ford made with Frank Nugent are some of the most complex documents on how…

  • Young Mr. Lincoln

    Young Mr. Lincoln

    ★★★★★

    The second half can't help but pale in comparison to the first half: it's overly cramped in the single set and while Ford does his best to derail the plot it keeps moving. But the first half, essentially up to Mary Todd's party, moves elegantly between mythologizing setpieces that feel truly like watching history being made, and lyricism unmatched––the puff of smoke rising from the shot gun, or the rippling water fading into ice sheets flowing along the river; this…