John Wayne and Coleen Grey in the 1948 movie “Red River.”
There was a time in the postwar period when John Wayne was not merely a brawny block of granite, when his men of action were pocked with character flaws. (James Stewart identified his possess dim shadows in the very same time period.) John Ford questioned Wayne’s imperious nobility with “The Searchers” (1956), but Howard Hawks obtained there 1st, with “Red River” (1948), actively playing at the Museum of the Relocating Impression on Friday as component of its Total Howard Hawks collection.
In this fictitious account of the 1st cattle generate to Kansas from Texas, Wayne performs Tom Dunson, an obsessed boss putting unreasonable demands on his crew, such as his compassionate but defiant surrogate son, Matthew Garth (Montgomery Clift, every single inch a star in his monitor debut). This expansive western may possibly hew to some musty conventions, but it also abounds in riches: Dimitri Tiomkin’s hearty rating Walter Brennan’s nuanced overall performance, transcending his usual caricatures the cinematographer Russell Harlan’s gorgeous vistas, majestic herd tableaus and dusty chiaroscuros. But the war of wills is at front and center. Wayne might play a domineering father determine, but in conceding the highlight to the ascendant Clift, he displays maybe the optimum virtue of all: humility. (seven p.m., 35th Avenue at thirty seventh Road, Astoria, Queens, 718-777-6888, movingimage.us.)
This post has been revised to reflect the subsequent correction:
Correction: October eight, 2013
An before variation of a image caption with this write-up misidentified the actress revealed with John Wayne. She is Coleen Grey, not Joanne Dru.