"My Darling Clementine" - Civilization versus Chaos Film Review by ABCs

"My Darling Clementine" - Civilization versus Chaos
A review of the 1946 film "My Darling Clementine".
# 111398 | 1,227 words | 0 sources | 2009 | US
Published on Jan 20, 2009 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper summarizes the 1946 film "My Darling Clementine" by John Ford. The paper reviews the western film which follows the adventures and personal struggles of drifter Wyatt Earp in his journey into civilization. In particular, the author highlights Earp's personal struggle to avenge his younger brother's death and explains how this becomes a metaphor for the imposition of law and Christian morality upon the American West. The paper also explains how the film depicts an equivocal stand between civilization and chaos.

From the Paper:

"Doc's coughing grows noticeably worse as he talks with Clementine. The noise of the bar fades back, and Doc and the viewer can only focus on Clementine, who shames him with her purity, a purity that is even more intense because of the soft-focused glowing lighting that makes her face seem even more angelic and pale. They engage in a long dialogue in the saloon, the presence of Clementine in such a place seeming increasingly incongruous as the scene wears on. Clementine can only think that Doc has left her because he is sick, and is afraid of burdening her, but Doc's sickness is a metaphor for the sickness of his soul, not just that of his body, although he knows his physical enjoyment has destroyed his body."

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