35mm screening, part of JOHN FORD | 125 YEARS: A Statewide Film Festival

Generally considered Ford’s greatest film and the quintessential American western.

Ethan Edwards' niece is captured by Comanches and he sets off with his nephew, half-Indian himself, on a long and bitter search. Slowly he begins to reveal more and more about his motives and ultimate objectives to his wary young companion.

“In truly great films--the ones that people need to make, the ones that start speaking through them, the ones that keep moving into territory that is more and more unfathomable and uncomfortable--nothing's ever simple or neatly resolved. You're left with a mystery. In its final moment, The Searchers suddenly becomes a ghost story. Ethan's sense of purpose has been fulfilled and…he's destined to wander forever between the winds.” - Martin Scorsese.

Directed by John Ford

Starring John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Mills

USA | 1956 | NR | 119 min

Following the screening, Michael Komanecky, chief curator of the Farnsworth Art Museum, will discuss contemporary Maine artists John Ford and painter W. Herbert “Buck” Dunton who each went west about the same time (California and New Mexico), both making their names with vivid depictions of the American West.

Visit the Maine Film Center website for more info about the JOHN FORD | 125 YEARS Film Festival

Show Dates & Times:

2/2/19 - Saturday

5:30 pm,

$10/General Admission

Advance tickets available at the link below; by calling (207) 594-0070 (M-F, noon - 4pm); or at the box office when the theater is open for shows.

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