WHY IS THIS FILM IMPORTANT?
FROM STAGECOACH…
…TO RIO GRANDE
CHANGING RACE RELATIONS
PRODUCTION CODE
FORD’S FOCUS &
REPRESENTATION
CLIP
Do you think this scene depicts the Comanche
women in an insensitive or condescending
way?
ADOPTION, KINSHIP, AND INTEGRATION
CLIP
Do you feel as though the film treats the
adoption and integration of the other as a
viable option? Why?
THE INTEGRATED OTHER
CLIP
Is Martin truly the embodiment of the ideal
integrated other? How does he fit this role,
and how does he stray from it? If...
THE QUESTION OF ETHAN
CLIP
Scar functions as the overt villain in The
Searchers, but does the underlying cultural
question of Ethan place him as the ...
EXCLUSION, INTEGRATION, AND
RACISM
Why does Ford intentionally keep Ethan from
community and family at the conclusion of the
film?
If Ford was responsible fo...
“Black-white relations were such in 1956, and
arguably now as well, that the issues The
Searchers treats could not be trea...
The Searchers: Representation in Film
The Searchers: Representation in Film
The Searchers: Representation in Film
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  • Marty accidentally buys a wife – capture later
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  • Ben: laurie room, ethan want’s marty to stay.
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  • BEN: clip martin read’s ethan’s will, ends at “I hope you die”.
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  • Reaction to white women at the fort
  • Exclusion
  • The Searchers: Representation in Film

    1. 1. WHY IS THIS FILM IMPORTANT?
    2. 2. FROM STAGECOACH… …TO RIO GRANDE
    3. 3. CHANGING RACE RELATIONS
    4. 4. PRODUCTION CODE
    5. 5. FORD’S FOCUS & REPRESENTATION
    6. 6. CLIP
    7. 7. Do you think this scene depicts the Comanche women in an insensitive or condescending way?
    8. 8. ADOPTION, KINSHIP, AND INTEGRATION
    9. 9. CLIP
    10. 10. Do you feel as though the film treats the adoption and integration of the other as a viable option? Why?
    11. 11. THE INTEGRATED OTHER
    12. 12. CLIP
    13. 13. Is Martin truly the embodiment of the ideal integrated other? How does he fit this role, and how does he stray from it? If anything, what has he lost in the process of integration?
    14. 14. THE QUESTION OF ETHAN
    15. 15. CLIP
    16. 16. Scar functions as the overt villain in The Searchers, but does the underlying cultural question of Ethan place him as the hero, or another villain?
    17. 17. EXCLUSION, INTEGRATION, AND RACISM
    18. 18. Why does Ford intentionally keep Ethan from community and family at the conclusion of the film? If Ford was responsible for the darkening of Ethan’s character, and the film, does that make him a racist? What was he trying to say/do?
    19. 19. “Black-white relations were such in 1956, and arguably now as well, that the issues The Searchers treats could not be treated directly” & “Racism is the curse of the American soul” Discuss in relation to the reception of the film.

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