dws1982 wrote:John Ford's Wagon Master airs on TCM on Friday at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.
Tag Gallagher says it's one of Ford's best in his book. Like a lot of the other Ford films that aren't on DVD, they don't show it very often on television. I had taped it off of TCM years ago but never got around to watching it before I disconnected the VCR.
Wagon Master is not quite top-of-the-line Ford (which is akin to saying Henry V is not as outstanding as some other Shakespeare plays), but neverthe less it's a very lovely and under-rated film. It's pretty low-keyed, and rather than a traditional narrative is more the unspooling of a series of rituals. But it is so filled with beautiful imagery and achingly-true interactions that -- as so often happens with Ford -- it feels that we're not simply watching the characters but that we are living their lives. Exquisite photography by Bert Glennon and Charles Kemper is a very memorable slob villain.
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