Tue 11/15/2022 • 7:30PM - 9:30PM PST
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
Free admission. No registration needed; first come, first served.
“When John Wayne rode through my childhood, and perhaps through yours,” wrote Joan Didion, “he determined forever the shape of certain of our dreams.” Hers was a profile of a complicated icon. Wayne’s turn in The Searchers as a Civil War veteran determined to exact revenge upon the Comanche tribe that murdered his family and abducted his niece is arguably the finest of his career, the keystone of John Ford’s inquiry into the psychosis of American racism.
35mm, color, 119 min. Director: John Ford. Screenwriter: Frank S. Nugent. With: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles.
Can't Get That Monster Out of My Mind: Joan Didion and Cinema