Fort Apache*

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Fort Apache*

  • 1948 ----- b & w ----- 127 min ----- vhs
  • (Directed by John Ford, screenplay by Frank S. Nugent based on the story Massacre by James Warner Bellah; with Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond, John Agar, George O'Brien, Irene Rich, Victor McLaglen) Henry fonda, as an imperious, wrong-headed lieutenant colonel whose men are massacred because they obey him; the John Ford film, set after the Civil War, never suggests that they should defy him, though he's practically a certifiable maniac. This is one of Ford's beautiful but irritating epic Westerns. The fights and dances and other big scenes are triumphs of staging, but the coy love interest and the irish horseplay are infantile. And the whole picture is bathed in a special form of patriotic sentimentality; scenes are held so that we cannot fail to appreciate the beauty of the American past.--Pauline Kael (Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature) (Closed-Captioned) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (American Indian Studies, History: American, Motion Pictures: Features)