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The Searchers

Directed by: John Ford

Runtime: 119 min

Year: 1956

Country: USA

Rated: Not Rated

Film Type: Dramatic

Post-Film Discussion with Andrew Patrick Nelson, Chair and Associate Professor at the Department of Film & Media Arts at The University of Utah, and Roni Jo Draper, BYU professor and Yurok tribe member. Moderated by KUER 90.1 RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.

Presented as part of our Through the Lens series, which for 2022 features a collaboration with the University of Utah’s Department of Film and Media Arts to present an extended exploration of what many Film Lovers regard as the “Classic Films” in cinematic history

Screening of the John Ford 1956 western that spurred interest in filming Utah, with a conversation about “Why is this film a classic and who is it a classic for?” and its impact on the perception of Native Americans.


About the film:

Thought by many to be director John Ford’s masterpiece, The Searchers tells the story of Ethan Edwards (John Wayne), an ex-confederate soldier who swears revenge after his brother’s family is butchered by Comanches and his niece (Natalie Wood) is kidnapped. Accompanied by Martin Pawley (Jeffrey Hunter), a young foundling raised by the family, Ethan sets out on an epic seven-year search for the missing girl. But as their quest draws to a close, Martin begins to realize the extent to which Ethan has been dehumanized by his own thirst for revenge.



Screening presented in partnership with:

Through The Lens series presented in partnership with:
KUER 90.1RadioWest

Through The Lens series funded in part by:

Thursday, March 17 @ 7:00 PM

In Person |

Jeanné Wagner Theatre – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center


Restrictions: RSVP required • Proof of full vaccination will be required for entry • Masks that cover the mouth and nose must be worn during the entirety of the event • Seating will be at a reduced capacity.

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