Ive seen The Searchers twice now and at first I didn't see the big deal. On a second viewing I saw more to it but I still don't think it's the masterpiece it's suppose to be. What I thought was best about the film is how amazing it looked, it was shot beautifuly the cinematography looks amazing and John Ford clearly knew exactly what he was doing with the camera. The sceneary is just great to look at, it's colorful yet haunting, the desserts and mountains look superb.
The performence's from the cast were all very good but none that I would call truly great or atleast oscar worthy there was a good character study with John Wayne allthough I found his intentions difficult to understand or trust at times. So John Wayne who plays Ethan returns to his hometown and soon enough his niece gets c...aptured by natives. His nethpew and others join him to get her back, they don't only want her but they seek revenge. I loved the dialoge in the movie, Wayne just had so many great lines.
So it's a simple story but it's not told without depth, the movie is enjoyable and gripping throughout atleast for the most part. The influence it's had on many films is clear like the home being blown up in Star Wars, the light shining as the door opens in Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, the idea of wanting to help someone in danger who doesn't exactly seem to want help persay like in Taxi Driver, the ending of The Godfather or the movie being shown on the screen in Mean Streets.
There were parts in the movie especailly towards the end that didn't do much for me it seemed a bit to silly at times mostly when considering the serious subject matter. I didn't think the pacing was perfect at times my interest was fading but the pay-off is worthwhile. Overall it's great but not on the very level of a masterpiece or atleast not one of the very best movies ive ever seen, clearly a must-see though.
Ok, wow after seeing The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries I could allready see greatness from Ingmar Bergman allthough I thought that both of those movies didn't have the greatest pacing. I didn't think either of them were masterpiece's but were just close they did make me wanna see more from Bergman as his films are truly one of a kind. Basicly i'm left with my mind blown it's that feeling you get inside you when you know you have just seen a great film, it's like I just got uplifted spirtually or something, a similar feeling I got after seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey for the first time.
I'd say that persona is very much a complex character study between two young woman it's about a nurse named Alma (Bibi Anderson), the psychatrist at the hospital sends Alma to a seaside... cottage to lo...ok after a famous actress named Elisabeth (Liv Allman). Liv has since stopped talking prehaps due to a trauma Alma examines her and tells her very personal things about herself like some unpleasent sexual experience's she has had in the past. She does her best to care for Elisabeth and try to get her to talk but she soon reads a letter written by Elisabeth to the hospital that mocks Alma so there relationship becomes ruthless. Alma soon has a dream or nightmare if you wanna call it that where her and Elisabeths idenitys intertwine, it seems both ladies have mental health problems.
The movie is very unique with great visuals, inventive and complex storytelling, intruging dream sequence's, great performence's by the two leads (Bibi Anderson for one gave one of the best female performence's ive ever seen), great cinematography and direction this is a must-see. My eyes were glued to the screen throughout the whole running time, not once did I loose interest Ingmar Bergman now lives up to his title, the film is strange and creepy and so compelling with a mysterious ending that could allow the viewer to come up with there own interpritation, without a doubt an essential film.