Our May Country Brunchin’ film, The Searchers, is a revered but contested film that’s widely recognized critically but perhaps not so well known by the average movie watcher. In March’s Hollywood Reporter, Martin Scorsese writes an article addressing these issues in light of a new book on the film by Glenn Frankel. We certainly think The Searchers is a challenging look at an American reality that is also a breathtakingly gorgeous cinematic experience. See what all the conversation is about this weekend with our screening of The Searchers with a live pre-show serenade by Tatters and Rags…buy tickets.


The Searchers has been more or less officially recognized as a great American classic. But I have to admit that I never really know what that kind of recognition amounts to. The film turns up on many 10-greatest-films-of-all-time lists, including my own. At least two moments from the picture — John Wayne lifting up Natalie Wood and then cradling her in his arms and the final shot — are commonly included in clip reels. Film lovers know it by heart. But what about average movie watchers? Is it as well known as It’s a Wonderful Life or Casablanca or Breakfast at Tiffany’s? What place does John Ford‘s masterpiece occupy in our national consciousness? As Glenn Frankel puts it in The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend, his fascinating new book about the picture and the history behind it, “The Searchers is perhaps the greatest Hollywood film that few people have seen.” READ THE REST HERE