John Ford's "The Searchers" Film Review by CalDR

John Ford's "The Searchers"
The paper analyzes John Ford's movie "The Searchers" (1956) by using the ideas of feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey from her famous essay, "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema".
# 29372 | 1,815 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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The paper explains Mulvey believes that the dichotomy between narrative and spectacle echoes the division between men and women such that men control and forward narrative and women exist as spectacle or objects of visual pleasure at which to look. The author points out many examples where John Ford's "The Searchers" sometimes simultaneous adherence to and subversion of Mulvey's observation and theory. The author finds that the film itself suggests the link between the pleasure of sight and power.

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