the 2 takes us on a journey through the epic horizons of the American West and the heroic dignity of its characters, through the eyes of master John Ford and the unmistakable figure of John Wayne. Two legends who united his charisma and talent in front of and behind the camera in more than 20 films, many of them masterpieces. ‘Days of Classic Cinema’ will offer four titles in the coming weeks: ‘Mission of the Bold’, ‘Desert Centaurs’, ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ Y ‘The conquest of the west’.
After each film, La 2 will broadcast two chapters of the documentary series ‘Robert Redford’s West’.
Ford and Wayne in four titles
‘Mission of the bold’ (June 27), the master’s latest classic western, opens the cycle with his recreation of an episode from the Civil War. Colonel Marlowe (John Wayne) is entrusted with the mission of going with his squad of Union soldiers into enemy territory, to destroy the train line between Newton Station and Vicksburg in order to deplete the southern territories. Along with the colonel, military surgeon Henry Kendall, played by William Holden, is sent to take care of the wounded.
‘desert centaurs’ (July 4) is the 150th film in Ford’s filmography. One of the best films in history and the culmination of the collaboration between Ford and Wayne, who considered it his best film. Ethan (John Wayne) returns home from the war, and before long, Comanches kill his family and kidnap his (Natalie Wood) niece. Ethan swears to rescue her from her and kill all the Indians who took part in these criminal acts. For five long years he obsessively pursues them, accompanied by his nephew.
‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ (July 11) gave way to a new type of film within the genre, the twilight western, which offered a less heroic and more realistic vision of the mythical conquest of the West: the elderly Senator Ransom Stoddard (James Stewart) explains to a journalist why he has traveled with his wife (Vera Miles) to attend the funeral of his old friend Tom Doniphon (John Wayne). The story begins many years earlier, when Ransom was a young lawyer on his way to a small western town on a stagecoach. Shortly before arriving, he was mugged and brutally beaten by Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin), a feared gunman.
‘The conquest of the west’ (July 18), considered the most ambitious western in history, follows different generations of a family, the Prescotts, as they move from New York to the Pacific states. Directed by John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall and Richard Thorpe, with a cast full of Hollywood stars (Carroll Baker, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds, Gregory Peck, George Peppard, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Richard Widmark, Eli Wallach, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Harry Morgan, Walter Brennan, Agnes Moorehead, Spencer Tracy…), won three Oscars and was nominated for another five. It consists of four episodes about the settlement of the West that take place between 1830 and 1890.
‘Robert Redford’s West’
From 1865 to 1890, the United States will become the land of opportunity. The series produced by actor and director Robert Redford transports viewers into the world of cowboys, Indians, bandits and lawmen. The 8-part series chronicles the little-known personal stories of Western legends like Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull. Offers exclusive interviews with actors who have played classic films, including Roberto Redford, James Caan, Burt Reynolds, Tom Selleck, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Harmon and Ed Harris, among others
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La 2 dedicates a cycle to the great westerns of John Ford and John Wayne