My Darling Clementine (Ford, 1946)

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Watching Henry Fonda lean back in his chair, moving his arms back and forth, perplexing Linda Darnell is reason enough to watch this film. If that doesn’t sway you, the sweeping naturalism and trust Ford puts in the story, characters and audience makes one of the most perfect westerns ever constructed. It’s beautifully genuine in it’s ability to allow actions and relationships to unfold and flourish without feeling the need to explain or overemphasize the mood or action. It’s an absolute joy, and a feast for the eyes.

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