Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings posted a marvelous thing the other day on one of my all-time favorite films, John Ford’s Wagon Master (1950). Turns out it’s one of her favorites, too. (And Ford’s.)
I’ve seen Wagon Master dozens of times over the years, and the Cleggs remain the slimiest, nastiest, creepiest villains I’ve ever seen. Part of what makes them so vile is that they exist in a film noted for its charm and optimism. They seem as much David Lynch as John Ford, and scared the hell out of me as a kid.
An incredibly beautiful, deceptively simple film.