All right. I’ll admit I’m compromising a little bit. But not so much. If I really wanted to pick a film that represented the country culturally in 1956, I’d have picked The Girl Can’t Help It. But, The Searchers is one of the greatest films ever made, is iconic, and still also represents 1956 in every other way except pop culturally. So it fits.
Pretty much, at some point in the 50s, you’re gonna talk about Cinemascope. Technically Rebel Without a Cause was shot in Cinemascope, so I guess that covers it. Other options for 1956 are Giant, Around the World in 80 Days… Written on the Wind has a shot. It’s a good year for choices. But The Searchers feels like it has it all.
I also skewed a bit light on the westerns, so this will cover everything that’s happened with the western thus far. (more…)