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Red River

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Sunday, August 11, 2019, 7:00pm - 9:05pm


Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge



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Gazette Classification: Film Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film
Archive Cost: $9 - Regular Admission $7 - Non-Harvard Students,
Harvard Faculty and Staff, and Senior Citizens. Free for Harvard
students Contact Info: bgravely@fas.harvard.edu Link:
https://library.harvard.edu/film/films/2019junaug/hawks.html#river In
"Red River," Hawks stages a brewing tension between Thomas Dunson
(John Wayne) and Matt Garth (Montgomery Clift), an antipathy famously
shared by the men playing them. While Wayne was delivering one of his
iconic performances in a Western, Clift was making his screen debut,
and the tussling that explodes onscreen as the cattle rancher and his
protégé embark on a massive pilgrimage to Missouri has occasionally
been seen as an allegory for the generational shift developing in
Hollywood between old-fashioned stardom and method acting. Whatever
extratextual fascination the casting may have, however, cedes the
floor to the film itself, a riveting Old West yarn brought to life by
some of Hawks' most muscular filmmaking. Boasting monumentally-scaled
sequences of cattle migration across America's vast heartland, the
film is impressively choreographed and visually thrilling, though its
dramatic core resides in the passages of downtime when Dunson and his
crew set up camp to refuel and plan for the next day's challenges.
It's here, when Dunson refuses to compromise on his original lucrative
plot even in the face of developing obstacles, that the rift with
Garth is established, turning the film's surrogate father-son tale
into a study of violently clashing male egos that Hawks nevertheless
settles in one of his great tributes to the power of fraternity.



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Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:05



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