|Title:||She Wore A Yellow Ribbon|
|11.09.07||DVR||This Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2007|
When I hear the list of "great" John Ford movies, I've seen a lot but still have plenty to explore. This seems to be one of the titles thrown in many peoples' hats so I figured it was about time I saw it. John Wayne plays older and it suits him very well. Again I'm aware of how much has been said about that guy but the scene toward the end when he's been called back to his post and a whole room full of people are there to applaud him, he vaults his eyebrows into super puppy dog mode and is at once sad and lonesome and vulnerable but at the same time still macho and masculine. I think that's what made him such a hit with pretty much everyone.
So... I liked this one although I totally thought it was going to end a half hour before it did. That's ok though because the last half hour had some of the best stuff in it. In particular I liked seeing Ben Johnson in his prime (that guy could ride), Wayne's comic chemistry with Victor McLaglen (the barroom brawl/toast with him was pretty great), and the beautiful photography. There's a scene with a lightning storm rolling in that at first I thought had to be an optical or something. I still think the lightning bolts are because they are too big and too perfect but just the clouds and lighting in that scene are amazing. It actually reminded me of a shot in No Country for Old Men... I bet if you're on set on days like that you just have to thank whoever's responsible out there and not dwell on it too much. Special moments.
And although the movie's not similar in any sort of stylistic way, just the fact that Wayne called his troops dogfaces reminded me a lot of Sam Fuller. I really need to see Steel Helmet and Fixed Bayonets.
Oh, I also loved when Wayne has his little powwow with the old Indian guy and the Indian's saying that they're too old for war and should go hunt buffalo and smoke a lot... the way he says "We get drunk all the time!" was great.
So... this next movie is truly a mystery. A while back, my Time Warner DVR was wigging out and lost all the guide information so there was no data available for any show on any channel. So I was flipping around and caught the beginning of some movie that must have piqued my interest. I remember seeing the director credit and the star and looking it up on imdb and thinking I wanted to see it so I recorded for two hours and it's been listed as "instant recording" ever since. Of course I've forgotten what the movie was and anything about it and the recording starts after the beginning titles so... all I know after queueing it up is that Dennis Quaid's in it. Intrigued? me too!