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John Wayne Trends in Wake of Sacheen Littlefeather Oscars Apology – My Blog

John Wayne’s name began trending on Twitter after the the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a formal apology to Sacheen Littlefeather over her treatment at the 1973 Oscars.

Littlefeather appeared on stage at the awards in place of Marlon Brando, who had won best actor for his performance in The Godfather. However, as Littlefeather went on to explain, Brando wouldn’t be accepting the award due to “the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry.”
Decked out in the traditional Apache attire of a buckskin dress and moccasins, Littlefeather, who was president of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee at the time, was booed following her 60-second speech.
Brando had hoped the protest would shine a light on the occupation of Wounded Knee in South Dakota, which had begun a month earlier. On February 27, 1973, 200 members of the American Indian Movement had taken control of the reservation hamlet in protest at the treatment of Native Americans in a stand-off that would last 71 days

However, the speech drew an angry response that night, not least from Wayne who, according to Littlefeather herself, had to be restrained by as many as six security guards while attempting to accost her on stage.
In 2021, she told the Guardian: “During my presentation, he [Wayne] was coming towards me to forcibly take me off the stage, and he had to be restrained by six security men to prevent him from doing so.”
An actor from Hollywood’s Golden Age who made his name starring in Westerns, Wayne was scathing of the protest at the time, telling Entertainment Weekly: “”If [Brando] had something to say he should have appeared that night and stated his views instead of taking some little unknown girl and dressing her up in an Indian outfit.”
Wayne wasn’t the only star to express his disdain. While presenting the Oscar for best picture soon after, Clint Eastwood was heard to quip: “I don’t know if I should present this award on behalf of all the cowboys shot in all the John Ford westerns over the years.”
However, nearly 50 years on, it’s the actions of Wayne that night that are back in the spotlight after the Academy issued an apology and confirmed plans for an event in September honoring Littlefeather.
In a letter sent to the activist by Academy President David Rubin back in June, he said: “The abuse you endured because of this statement was unwarranted and unjustified.”
The letter continued: “The emotional burden you have lived through and the cost to your own career in our industry are irreparable. For too long the courage you showed has been unacknowledged. For this, we offer both our deepest apologies and our sincere admiration.”
A full statement of apology will be read at the September event.
In the wake of the news, Wayne’s name began trending on social media, more than 43 years after his death, with many slamming his actions at the 1973 Oscars. Some are suggesting the apology is a PR stunt designed to combat the backlash generated by the Academy’s response to Will Smith’s slap on Chris Rock.
Film critic Hanna Ines Flint tweeted: “It’s hard to imagine this apology happening without The Slap and the subsequent reaction online reminding the Academy how it failed Sacheen Littlefeather in 1973 when John Wayne tried to attack her.”
Comedian and podcaster Ken Reid said revisiting the incident should serve as “a periodic reminder that John Wayne was a garbage human and not a good actor.”
Journalist and author Richard Newby was similarly scathing in his assessment of the incident, writing: “John Wayne will always be a punk and I don’t think movie clips of him should be shown at the Oscars again. My parents hate John Wayne. All my homies hate John Wayne.”
Fellow writer Borzou Daragahi also hit out at the response recalling how: “John Wayne had to be restrained from storming the stage to physically attack her [Littlefeather]. Her identity and integrity were impugned.”
Another scribe, Wajahat Ali shared a link to the article noting: “There’s a reason Chuck D dissed John Wayne on Fight the Power,” in reference the Public Enemy star’s noted lyrics hitting out at the actor.
The reaction was similarly vociferous among Twitter users.
Zombief1ed described it as “an apology 50 years later when John Wayne had to be held back by SIX security guards so he didn’t physically attack her for reading a speech that she didn’t even write.”
John Wayne is a pos, so is Clint Eastwood. Took the Academy Awards 50 to apologize to this lady for their racist rants yet they punished Will Smith for a slap smdh. #otakusneakerhead— Giovanni Brooks The O.G. Otaku Sneakerhead (@Giovanni_Brooks) August 16, 2022
Veronasfilms agreed, writing: “It took five WHOLE decades to apologize?! Where was the apology on the night when John Wayne was literally fired up and tried to gather up a mob to attack her?!”
TreyAirline meanwhile called it a “desperate” PR move. “The Academy essentially killed her career and was nearly assaulted by John Wayne for doing it,” they wrote. “Absolutely disgraceful and speaks to the arrogance of these people.”
Unuomodipalermo, meanwhile, tweeted: “If they’re serious about apologizing they should strip John Wayne of his Oscar for trying to assault her.”
This isn’t the first time Wayne has faced a backlash in recent years.
The University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts previously opted to remove an exhibit dedicated to the actor amid renewed anger over racist remarks made by the long-dead Hollywood star.
There have also been calls for the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, to revert to its original name of the Orange County Airport after white supremacist, anti-LGBT, and anti-Indigenous comments made by Wayne in a 1971 interview came to light.
Newsweek has contacted the Academy for comment.
John Wayne and Sacheen Littlefeather.

American actor John Wayne on the set of ‘The Train Robbers’ and Sacheen Littlefeather holding a written statement from actor Marlon Brando at the Academy Awards in 1973. Wayne’s name began trending on Twitter after the Academy issued a formal apology to Sacheen Littlefeather.SUNSET BOULEVARD/MICHAEL OCHS ARCHIVES/GETTY

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Restoration of John Wayne’s ‘The Searchers’ to Premiere at 2024 TCM Classic Film Festival – My Blog

John Wayne’s 1956 Western “The Searchers” will debut a new restoration as part of the 2024 TCM Classic Film Festival in April.This marks the second Wayne film to receive a premiere of a restored print at the yearly event that takes place on Hollywood Boulevard. Last year’s opening night feature was a 4K restoration of Wayne’s 1959 film “Rio Bravo.”This year’s festival theme is “Most Wanted: Crime and Justice in Film.” Alongside “The Searchers,” TCM announced that Frank Capra’s 1934 film “It Happened One Night,” Elia Kazan’s “On the Waterfront” and the 1974 musical documentary “That’s Entertainment!” will also screen as part of the four-day festival in April.It’s unknown if “The Searchers” will be the film’s opening night movie, though considering “Rio Bravo” was also a restoration last year it would make sense that Warner Bros. would continue to debut new 4K prints of their films as part of the event’s opening night.This year’s TCM Classic Film Festival marks the return of the event after the classic film network underwent significant changes behind the scenes this year. In June, TCM’s senior vice president of programming and content strategy Charles Tabesh, vice president of studio production Anne Wilson, vice president of marketing and creative Dexter Fedor and TCM Enterprises vice president Genevieve McGillicuddy were all laid off, alongside TCM’s general manager Pola Chagnon leaving the company after 25 years.From there, stories started to tumble out that the network was in the crosshairs of a series of cost-cutting measures implemented by Warner Bros. Discovery. In the wake of widespread outcry from fans, both Tabesh and McGuillicuddy were offered their positions back. It was also announced soon after that Warner Bros. Pictures heads Pamela Abdy and Michael De Luca would be overseeing the network, with input from world-class directors including Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.The TCM Classic Film Festival enters its 15th year in 2024 and will also take place during the network’s 30th anniversary.The TCM Classic Film Festival will take place in Hollywood April 18-21.

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John Wayne’s spanking of co-star ‘so authentic she had bruises for a week’ – My Blog

Back in 1963, John Wayne starred in a Western comedy loosely based on William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.Duke played an ageing rancher called George Washington McLintock, a wealthy self-made man facing a number of issues.High-ranking government officials, his own sons and local Native Americans all want a piece of his huge farmstead.Meanwhile, his wife (played by regular collaborator Maureen O’Hara) who separated from him two years prior, is back on the scene demanding custody of their daughter.McLintock! celebrates its 60th anniversary this week, as celebrated by the John Wayne estate on Instagram.A recent post read: “Did you know? Although often seen as simply a knockabout comedy, John Wayne also intended the film to be a statement on his disapproval of the negative representation of Native Americans in previous westerns he had no creative-control over, and his disapproval of wife-beating and marital abuse from either spouse.”A film of its time, McLintock famously has a scene, as captured on its poster, of Wayne’s George publicly spanking his wife played by O’Hara.According to his co-star’s autobiography, this scene was “completely authentic” with Duke carrying it out with “such gusto”, that she “had bruises for a week.”

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Martin Scorsese’s Favorite John Wayne Western – My Blog


 Martin Scorsese considers John Wayne’s The Searchers to be the best Western ever made, describing it as a masterpiece with a deeply painful core. The Searchers has had a significant influence on Scorsese’s movies, inspiring scenes and characters in films like Taxi Driver and Mean Streets. The Searchers is also a favorite among the “movie brats,” a group of influential directors including Spielberg and Lucas, who cited it as a major influence.

Martin Scorsese’s favorite Western starring John Wayne has had a big influence on his career. Scorsese hasn’t made his passion for cinema or filmmaking a secret, and he is essentially a living archive of the medium’s history. He loves everything from the trashiest B-movie to the most highbrow drama, which is something that’s reflected in Martin Scorsese’s own movies. He has helmed everything from gangster epics to psychological horrors to biopics and everything in between.
One genre he hasn’t really dipped a toe into is a Western, which is likely down to the decline of the genre itself than Scorsese avoiding the genre. About the closest he’s come is his 2023 epic Killers of the Flower Moon, though far from being a black-and-white adventure about cowboys righting wrongs, it’s a devastating true-life drama. Scorsese has professed his admiration for a few classic Westerns (via Far Out) such as Ride the High Country or Marlon Brando’s sole directorial outing One-Eyed Jacks, but there’s one that holds a truly special place in his heart.Scorsese Believes John Wayne’s The Searchers Is The Best Western Ever Made
In 2013, Scorsese guest-reviewed a book about John Wayne Western The Searchers for THR, where he proclaimed it a masterpiece but that “Like all great works of art, it’s uncomfortable. The core of the movie is deeply painful.” The premise of the movie sees Wayne’s Civil War vet Ethan Edwards and his nephew Martin (Jeffrey Hunter) setting out to rescue his kidnapped niece. It might sound like the setup for a classic Western adventure, but John Ford’s The Searchers deals with some dark themes, with Wayne portraying the most ruthless character of his career as the deeply prejudiced and revenge-addicted Ethan.
Scorsese has often called The Searchers one of his favorite Westerns, in addition to being one of the greatest movies of all time, period. From the gorgeous cinematography, the evergreen themes and Wayne’s haunting central turn, it’s a film the director finds himself coming back to decades after he first watched it. The Searcher’s ending has been much discussed among film scholars too, with Scorsese himself feeling the shot of Ethan turning and leaving through the door turns it into a “ghost story;” the character has fulfilled his purpose but is now doomed to wander the deserts alone, like a spirit.The Searchers Inspired Scorsese’s Own Movies
Travis Bickle at the movies in Taxi Driver
The film made a major impression on Scorsese when he saw it as a boy, and its influence can be spotted in his own work. His debut Who’s That Knocking at My Door features a scene where protagonist J.R. (Harvey Keitel) talks about both John Wayne and The Searchers in great detail, while the Ford movie appears again in Scorsese’s crime drama Mean Streets from 1973. The Searchers was a direct influence on Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, with the journey of Robert De Niro’s Travis being a mirror of Ethan’s. He’s another loner filled with anger and hatred, looking to rescue a young girl in Jodie Foster’s Iris.The movie ends with Travis rescuing Iris in the bloodiest manner possible, and like Ethan, the movie leaves him on an ambiguous note. The influence of The Searchers can also be felt in the director’s attraction to anti-heroes and flawed protagonists, who may see themselves as fundamentally good men or heroic, despite the appalling acts of violence they commit or the selfishness they display.The Searchers Is A Favorite Of The “Movie Brats”
Steven Spielberg leaning against a camera with George Lucas standing beside him on the cover of Indiana Jones bonus material DVD
The Searchers was well-received upon its initial release, but it soon came to be recognized as an American classic. The late ’60s and ’70s saw the rise of the so-called “movie brats,” who were a group of talented young directors who were also nerds for the medium. Members of this group include Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, John Milius, Paul Schrader and many more. What’s notable about this group is how many of them cited The Searchers as a favorite.
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan also cited The Searchers as a major influence on Breaking Bad’s finale.
According to The Telegraph, Spielberg claims he rewatches The Searchers before starting work on a new movie, while Milius and Schrader – who penned Taxi Driver – have also sung its praises. The movie was a huge influence on Lucas’ Star Wars, which can be found in its basic promise – a young man and older mentor set out to rescue a young woman – its desert vistas and the sequence where Luke (Mark Hamill) discovers his burnt-out family homestead. Star Wars was a mash-up of many influences from samurai epics to movie serials, but Westerns like The Searchers played a particularly large role in the movie.
Source: Far Out, THR, The Telegraph
the searchers poster
The SearchersRelease Date:1956-03-13Director:John FordCast:John WayneRating:pg-13Runtime:119minutesGenres:Western, DramaWriters:John FordBudget:$3.75millionStudio(s):Warner Bros. PicturesDistributor(s):Warner Bros. Pictures

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