TFAC continues its film series with The Searchers – The Tryon Daily Bulletin


Continuing its “Back to the Big Screen” series, the Technicolor 1956, the epic VistaVision The Searchers, will be presented at the Tryon Fine Arts Center on Tuesday, November 9 at 7 pm.

Named by the American Film Institute as “The Greatest American Western,” The Searchers was also deemed “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and was one of the first films to be selected for preservation in the National Film Library. Registration.

Directed by John Ford, the story, based on Alan La May’s novel, takes place during the Texan-Indian conflicts that took place shortly after the Civil War. It stars John Wayne as Ethan Edwards, a Confederate veteran returning home to Texas. Shortly after his return, a tragedy strikes the family that ultimately propels Ethan on a desperate search for his kidnapped niece Debby, played by eight-year-old Natalie Wood.

In 2013, author Glenn Frankel wrote ahead of a special screening of the film in Washington, “Researchers,” . . . takes place in the final days of the 40-year struggle between the Texans and the Comanches – the longest war ever fought on American soil – and it unflinchingly portrays the terrible price each side has inflicted on the other. But the 1956 film is anything but a museum piece. It explores themes of gender, race and sexual violence which are surprisingly modern. “

Although it received few awards on its first release, over the years it has received numerous accolades, including being cited by the British Film Institute as “one of the greatest films of all time” and in 2001, critic Roger Ebert gave the film an updated review, saying: “John Ford’s “The Searchers” contains scenes of magnificence, and one of the John wayne‘s better performance. There are shots that are surprisingly beautiful.

The doors of the TFAC and the lobby bar will open thirty minutes before the start of the film. For more information on the film series and other events at TFAC, call 828-859-8322 or visit

Submitted by Marianne Carruth


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