(Howard Hawks, US 1948, 133 min., 35mm)
The Canon. See one of John Wayne’s best performances, here alongside Montgomery Clift in an epic western that, in the tradition of celebrated director Howard Hawks, places character and human emotions over spectacle. The story, a sort of Mutiny on the Bounty of the West, concerns a cattle drive and the battle over leadership between rancher Tom Dunson and his son Matt. More than a shoot-em-up, Red River is a resonant and deeply moving masterpiece about family, friendship, and mutual respect.
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Holidays | The Canon. No holiday season would be complete without an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s yuletide classic, and this is one of the best (released in the United States simply as A Christmas Carol).
Holidays | The Canon. Crooner Bing Crosby stars as Father Charles “Chuck” O’Malley, the easygoing priest who comes from East St. Louis to New York City to bring St. Dominic’s Church out of the dumps.