MCMXXXIX XLIV: Drums Along the Mohawk

Drums Along the Mohawk. John Ford. 1939.

Claudette! Henry!

Well, OK, this is kinda slow but nice…

And then…

… Colbert goes totally hysterical at the sight of that guy, so Fonda has to slap her around.

I mean, this is John Ford, so it looks nice and all, but so far this movie has been a pile-up of clichés that were tired in 1939 already.

This is apparently Ford’s first colour movie? I think… it shows? The cinematography is kinda just … there?

This isn’t, like, a shot Ford would do later in his career.

But I guess there’s a lot to learn with the new technology — getting sufficient light; moving the (even bigger?) cameras around…

I have to admit that I kinda zoned out there for a few minutes and started putting things into the dishwasher. But now I’m back! CONCENTRATE

If you’re really interested in the subject matter, I guess this could be interesting? But I’m just not finding anything much about it compelling: Henry Fonda is trying very hard, but it’s just not connecting. The other actors aren’t really in the same movie.

The war scenes are kinda good.

This blog post is part of the 1939

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