It has (too) recently come to my attention that the Criterion Collection’s release of John Ford’s brilliant Stagecoach is now available through the Netflix Watch Instantly feature. As one of the most influential Westerns of all time — as well as a prominent entry on the list of “All-Time Greatest Film Entrances” — it’s one of those films that every classic film buff needs to see at least once. If you have not yet seen it, I’m pleased to announce that I have your evening’s activities all planned out for you.
As a special bonus, here’s a fascinating blog post from Peter Bogdanovich on the vital role he played in the newest version of the film — talk about rubbing shoulders with giants. (As a double-bonus, here’s a little contemporary Western trailery goodness.)