(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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