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Is “The Searchers” portrayal of Native Americans problematic

While it was an incredibly influential film, "The Searchers" is also quite controversial. Many critics have accused the film of racism, but does John Ford's magnum opus really hate Native Americans? Sure, the film definitely has some problems, but overall, "The Searchers" is an indictment against racism and a daring reevaluation of the American West.

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How did “The Searchers” influence future filmmakers

When "The Searchers" was released in 1956, did John Ford know his movie would influence future shows about a taxi driving lunatic, a drug dealing high school teacher, and an interstellar farm boy who lived a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away? Probably not.

The Searchers
Ben-Hur (1959)
Paris, Texas
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Breaking Bad
Star Wars (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Taxi Driver
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace

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What does the final shot of “The Searchers” mean

As far as endings go, you really can’t get any more bittersweet than the final few seconds of "The Searchers". It’s the perfect blend of victory, tragedy, and iconic imagery, and that’s why it’s one of the best endings of all time.