Universal and transcendental poetry of the landscape, and of the people that lived while the dream was being built upon. Raw and unpolished; an economy of deliciously light story telling in the immense space of a brand new and exciting land. The west feels operatic and the atmosphere carries that same sweet brand of patriotism found in Walt Whitman in this great early work by Ford. A great hidden treasure.
A film that has mantained itself exquisitely over its 86 years of existence, it is without a doubt one of the very best silent westerns made by Ford, a deeply humane, affecting tale about the many apparent and unapparent faces of evil lurking around the coveted lands of Dakota in the late XIX century. This is a must see.
My first silent Ford film, what a pleasure. Grows on you and turns out to be something more beautiful than you could imagine. Great human story and touching relationships, great music too, a really heartwarming and exciting film with a fantastic ending too.