I see 200% why this film appealed to Orson Welles so much. Ford constructs a cultural microcosm wherein death and birth help a group transcend class prejudices, if only for a short time. The central relationship seems to be two individuals creating their own sort of pastoral paradise BECAUSE of their bond as wayward people, implying a really transgressive principle in its own way. That part of it really intrigues me.
What was in the water in 1939, anyway? Actually, historically speaking, there was plenty in the air that year, and that might have something to do with it. Part of the urlanguage of American cinema. This says it better than I could: https://anthonysacramone.com/2015/04/25/the-greatest-chase-scene-in-cinema-history/ (Regarding the banker: "plus ça change, plus c’ est la même chose.")
as a film, this is a movie 100%. from the plot development to the characters to the way it's shot, it's all textbook. surprisingly entertaining in one way or another the whole way through. very pleasant shots of monument valley -- huge sky. as a piece of media that remains in our culture, though, this is nothing more than what white americans wanted to see in 1939. can't put rose-colored glasses on manifest destiny.
The film I decided to watch was called Stagecoach, and it was directed by John Ford in 1939. This story takes place in a stagecoach which was a very old public transportation method used back in the 1930’s. The stagecoach contained a drunk doctor, a gambler, two women a baby and an escaped fugitive, who happend to be the main character. Overall, great film, an American Classic.
This was a great movie for its time. I thought the director did an amazing job developing John Wayne's character as well as the rest of the cast. The sound quality was good and the picture continues to impress. John Ford was criticized, saying this was one of his worst westerns, but I do believe that this could be one of his best, because he took complete advantage of the the tools he was given.
Stagecoach is one of the great classics featuring John Wayne. Some could even say it was one of his best movies that he did. The movie was filmed in the beautiful Utah's Monument Valley and really made the movies feel like the old west. Another thing i liked about this movie were the characters. Each one had their very own unique story and was waiting at every turn to see what would happen next with each of them.