Stagecoach*

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Stagecoach*

  • 1939 ----- b & w ----- 97 min ----- laserdisc
  • (Directed by John Ford; with John Wayne, Claire Trevor, John Carradine, Andy Devine, Thomas Mitchell) The classic western, Stagecoach is John Ford's great epic of the frontier. this western eclipsed all films in the genre that had gone before it and so vastly influenced those that followed that its stamp can be found in most superior westerns made since Ford stepped into Monument Valley for the first time. Set in a landscape of endless horizons, it is a wonderful broad portrait of pioneer life in the untamed Great Southwest, as well as an in-depth character study of eight people, all diverse in their pursuits and all traveling to separate fates on a journey packed with danger. Here, at last, was a grown-up Western, a sharply drawn, dazzlingly directed film that elevated the genre above its kiddie-matinee status and ushered in a 30-year era of top-quality Westerns featuring big stars, big directors and big themes. (Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (History: American, Motion Pictures: Features)