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  1. FISCHER's rating of the film Wagon Master

    Distribué tardivement en France, ce "western" de Ford, est une oeuvre méconnue et paradoxalement un de ses films les plus réussis et les plus complets... www.cinefiches.com

  2. ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film Wagon Master

    To gush about this film's beauty is an injustice. It doesn't care what you think about it, never intending to impress us. That said, I'll just say that the tracking shot with the hauntingly beautiful Joanne Dru was awe-inspiring.

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  4. Duncan Gray's rating of the film Wagon Master

    The sort of film that auteurism dusts off and rehabilitates, because its movie conflict (outlaws collide with pilgrims) is nowhere near as coherent or engaging as its worldview: community forming in a desert where cowhands, Indians, whores, and men of god can all have a place. A fantasy, for sure—America wasn't like this. But its also an endless poetic flow. Everything is both suspended and constantly moving.

  5. Brendan's rating of the film Wagon Master

    Filled with the kind of modest mastery that makes Ford simultaneously simple and complex

  6. Paul Jazz's rating of the film Wagon Master

    I have never seen this film until recently and it really is a 'hidden' gem - amazing photography and, thankfully, limited studio use - typical Ford themes and unusually no big stars, which does kind of disappoint. Still great though.

  7. Sudarshan R.'s rating of the film Wagon Master

    Why oh why is this film so obscure? This is poetry on celluloid, each shot a moving painting(without being painterly) and it has terrific dance numbers.

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  9. Ghostman's rating of the film Wagon Master

    A great western, probably one of Ford's very best. A strong and deep exploration on intolerance, morality and the nature of violence. Made me want to see Ben Johnson in more John Wayne-like starring roles. Joanne Dru was really hot.

  10. Alex Denison's rating of the film Wagon Master

    A western filmed in chiaroscuro lighting. Ford proves himself to be the Giotto of the cinematic medium in this film, seamlessly combining the quotidian with the universal: "The Chuckawalla Swing" and the religious pilgrimage which pervades nearly every culture's history.

  11. Jake Cole's rating of the film Wagon Master

    The most poetic Ford I've yet seen (and that's saying something). The American myth as repeating cycle, sailing Pilgrims now trekking Mormons. In place of narrative, good-naturedness wrestles with self-righteousness, a desire for peace with the inevitability of violence, "proper" behavior with the natural, vulgar beauty of humanity. The night skies alone deserve their own-write-up.

  12. chanandre's rating of the film Wagon Master

    [Cinémathèque PT #229: 35 mm]

  13. Zachary George Najarian-Najafi's rating of the film Wagon Master

    Probably John Ford's most underrated film, Wagon Master plays less like a western and more like a visual poem that's interrupted by different events. The imagery is stunning and at times even hypnotic. Amazing.

  14. Peter's rating of the film Wagon Master

    Wonderful film. Not forgetting that we can once again see one of Ford's regulars, the lovely Ruth Clifford. Another great Ford film that Ruth appears in is Pilgrimage.