If you are great enthusiastic of western classic movies, then you should must watch the movie which shot American actor, John Wayne to stardom. Stagecoach is one of the classics of Hollywood cinema. Made in 1939, it revitalized the Western genre, served as a milestone for John Ford's career, and made John Wayne a star.
"Stagecoach" took the Western from its dime novel origins and placed it squarely in the center of the American narrative, creating a mythology of western expansion that framed how many Americans still think about who we are as a nation and a people. Stagecoach was the first of many Westerns that Ford shot using Monument Valley, in the American south-west on the Arizona-Utah border, as a location, many of which also starred John Wayne. Scenes from Stagecoach blended shots of Monument Valley with shots filmed at Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, California, and other locations.
According to many film critics, "Stagecoach" (1939, John Ford) was considered to be the film which shot American actor, John Wayne to stardom. The classic tale, follows a group of American people in the classical Western period of the 1880's (the exact year in which "Stagecoach" takes place is 1880) who all, for many individual reasons of their own, need to travel from Tonto, Arizona to Lordsburg, New Mexico. On beginning the journey however, the group becomes aware that the stagecoach in which they are going to travel, follows a war path trail through Apache territory. Being a very typical genre theme of the Western in the 1900's, this proved to be very popular with audiences.
But the real reason to watch this John Ford classic is to see the attack, which features excellent camera work and stunts, particularly for a movie made in 1939. It's not the greatest western ever made, but it is a landmark film in the careers of Ford and Wayne and in the evolution of the genre.
On first viewing, it is difficult for you to accept how significant the film really is, especially due to the old cameras and lenses which create a very old and individual feel to the film. The technological capabilities of the production team of "Stagecoach" can be noted in the panning/zooming shot below, when the camera first zooms onto John Wayne's character, Ringo Kid. In this particular shot, you will notice how the camera blur as it zooms into Wayne's face, due to the camera having no 'depth of field' allowance.
It is said that "Stagecoach is revolutionised the western epic by breaking out of the sterile, artificial confines of the Hollywood sound stage."
Stagecoach has been lauded as one of the most influential films ever made. Orson Welles argued that it was a perfect textbook of film making and claimed to have watched it more than 40 times during the making of Citizen Kane. The film made a profit of $297,690.
"Stagecoach" was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and won two: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Thomas Mitchell), and Best Music, Scoring (Richard Hageman, W. Franke Harling, John Leipold, and Leo Shuken).
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