The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
First screened in May 2015
Director: John Ford. Cast: James Stewart, John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Vera Miles, Edmond O'Brien, Andy Devine, Woody Strode, Ken Murray, Jeanette Nolan, John Qualen, Strother Martin, Lee Van Cleef, John Carradine, Tom Hennesy, Joseph Hoover. Screenplay: James Warner Bellah and Willis Goldbeck (based on the story by Dorothy M. Johnson). Twitter Capsule:
Law, literacy, rhetoric, press, votes, violence: six chambers in America's gun. Purple, but deep.
A late, essential work by a longstanding master still digging into meaty themes, with consummate moments of directorial grace that sometimes get lost in the hullabaloo he indulges on the surface.