JOHN FORD | 125 YEARS- "THEY WERE EXPENDABLE" (1945)

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John Ford
AMERICA’S MOST CELEBRATED DIRECTOR.
WINNER OF FOUR ACADEMY AWARDS.
BORN IN MAINE.

drama/war
Based on the book by William L. White.
“Most war films are, ultimately, about winning. In 1945, however, as World War II was ending, John Ford made probably the finest U.S. war picture, about one of America’s greatest defeats—-in the Philippines—-the title of which alone is devastating in its implications: They Were Expendable. The picture focuses on the use of PT-Boats in the Philippines, specifically through the deeds of its central pioneer John D. Bulkeley, a good friend of Ford’s and one of the most decorated men of the war: he is played with simple dignity by Robert Montgomery, also a Naval veteran. His fictional cohort—-who gets the brief but memorable love interest with a Navy nurse perfectly incarnated by Donna Reed—-is done in a most effectively understated performance by John Wayne. Essentially, like a good many of Ford’s pictures, They Were Expendable deals with the peculiar glory in defeat. When I pointed this out to him, Ford said it wasn’t something he had “done consciously,” though he allowed, “it may have been subconscious… Of course, they were glorious in defeat in the Philippines—-they kept on fighting” - Peter Bogdanovich, IndieWire.
135 min
N/R
Film will be introduced by Joe Mosier, retired Navy Master Chief, maritime writer and owner of Nautical Scribe Books in Stockton Springs, Maine.

Tickets are the usual: $8/$7/$5 at the door, first come first served, or all online tickets are $8 and you can get in quicker. (Just go to our HOME page and click STORE. They are listed under ALAMO TICKETS.) Doors open at 6:30pm.

Dates
February 7, 2019 - 7:00pm
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