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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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In “Taxi Driver,” what are the existentialist themes

One of the most common elements in the works of existentialism is the theme of isolation and self-loathing. In "Taxi Driver" (1976), Travis Bickle (played by Robert DeNiro), a socially awkward and mentally unstable Vietnam veteran spends his sleepless nights driving a New York City cab. Bickle resembles the existential hero in that he cannot summon normal emotions about day-to-day events and is often extremely isolated; “loneliness has followed me my whole life, everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There’s no escape. I’m God’s only man,” the antihero states.

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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.