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Wagon Master

Geregisseerd door John Ford
Verenigde Staten, 1950


Two young drifters guide a Mormon wagon train to the San Juan Valley and encounter cutthroats, Indians, geography, and moral challenges on the journey.

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Wagon Master Geregisseerd door John Ford
Shot on a relatively low budget between larger projects, Wagon Master was, according to Ford himself, one of his “purest movies.” The implications of the drive into the wilderness are unmistakably mythical, yet the tone is relaxed, humorous, endlessly fresh. Simplicity goes hand in hand with experimentation…
July 03, 2015
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The Cleggs step in, figuring to hide from a pursuing posse—and yes, there is tension, there is danger, but an odd thing happens: they start bonding with the Mormons too (about as open and charming a depiction of that branch of Christianity, incidentally, as any I’ve seen on the big screen). Not freely, no, and of course there will be the inevitable showdown, but one effect of travel and hard experience (Ford seems to say) is that even the unlikeliest of folk forge a connection.
July 15, 2013
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This may be the closest Ford ever got to making a musical, a form that’s usually collective in spirit; the Sons of the Pioneers—a vocal group that Ford would use again on his next feature, the last and least of his cavalry-trilogy films, Rio Grande—sings no less than four songs, and when cowpokes Carey and Johnson decide to join the Mormons, their decision is expressed by singing the movie’s theme song.
December 01, 2007
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