Movie Watching in Quarantine Scene 5

John Greco Author/Photographer

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence

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John Ford’s brilliant western is both a romantic, three-way, love story and a look at the west on the cusp of change. Watching it again I realized how political a movie this is. There are battles between two factions. Those who want to remain a territory and those who want to become a state. It’s a typical rich versus the everyman battle. The future versus the status quo. Even the film’s love story, a triangle between a tenderfoot, a gunslinger, and the woman they love represents a dying western way of life. John Ford blends it all together with this filmmaking classic, his last great western.

The Graduate

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Some films are indelibly burned into your psyche for many reasons. It may have to do with the heart of every audience member jumping into their throats the first time the shark comes out of the…

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2 comments on “Movie Watching in Quarantine Scene 5

  1. The Lady Eve says:

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance has become one of my very favorite westerns, right up there with Stagecoach. For me it is a heart breaker at the end when we see the deeper impact of what going “with the legend” has had on Stewart’s and Vera Miles’ characters. The film seems in some ways a meditation on what we ask for and what we get. As they say, “be careful…”

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