FORD AND WAYNE IN RETROSPECT: THE SEARCHERS AT 60
Presented by New York Times Bestselling Author Scott Eyman
The Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies commemorates the 60th anniversary of THE SEARCHERS with a 35mm screening of the film presented by University of Miami Professor and bestselling author Scott Eyman.
After the Civil War, Ethan Edwards, played by John Wayne in one of his greatest performances, returns home to his family’s Texas ranch. Hoping to find his family intact and be near a woman he loved secretly, Ethan’s dream is dashed by a Comanche raid. In order to restore his family, Ethan sets out, along with this nephew Martin, on a years-long journey to find his kidnapped niece. As the quest unfolds, Martin begins to realize his uncle’s hatred for Native Americans, and particularly Chief Scar, is beginning to spill over onto his now-assimilated niece. Martin becomes uncertain whether Ethan plans to rescue Debbie (Natalie Wood)… or kill her.
One of John Ford’s greatest masterpieces returns to the screen on 35mm as a Cosford Classic. Author of the New York Times Bestselling biography JOHN WAYNE: THE LIFE AND THE LEGEND, Scott Eyman discusses the working relationship between John Wayne and director John Ford as well as the making of the movie that MOTION PICTURE HERALD called at the time, “one of the greatest pictures of the American West.”
Scott Eyman has written thirteen books, including biographies of Hollywood legends such as John Wayne, Ernst Lubitsch, Cecil B. DeMille, and Louis B. Mayer. He also collaborated with Robert Wagner on two books. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He was formerly books editor of The Palm Beach Post.