Fort Apache (John Ford, 1948)
This film would have been perfect had it ended with the regiment getting decimated by the Apache. Because they do get decimated. And it’s fantastic, ecstatic, unexpected. But then, Hollywood ideology obliging, Fort Apache goes on for 5 frustrating minutes, John Wayne gets patriotic and the smile is wiped off my face. That said, 5 films into Ford, I’m loving everything I’m seeing.