Pulitzer Prize winning journalist is scheduled to make a special appearance.
By Pam Paz
Northeast Lakeview College will screen the 1954 film “The Searchers” starring John Wayne and directed by John Ford as part of the Spring 2014 Film Series at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the performing arts center.
Wayne is an iconic film actor who appeared in more than 175 films of all genres but is most remembered for his roles in western films, according to johnwayne.com.
“The Searchers” depicts a man’s quest for his niece who was abducted by Comanche Indians. When he finds her, he discovers she has assimilated into the Comanche Nation and does not know whether she should live or die.
The film is based on the novel “The Seachers” by Alan LeMay. Lemay based the book on the true-life story of Cynthia Ann Parker, who was abducted by Comanche Indians in 1836 Texas when she was 9 years old.
The history department at Northeast Lakeview is bringing Glenn Frankel, director of the school of journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, who will discuss his book about the film in a forum and sign copies in a reception.
Frankel wrote “The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend,” published by Bloomsbury USA in February 2013.
He will appear in a student forum at 3:30 p.m. before the screening of the film.
A public reception and book signing is scheduled at 6 p.m.
Frankel was a reporter for The Washington Post and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for his coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In an interview with Frankel on Texas Public Radio in April 2013, interviewer Nathan Cone said Frankel’s book is an essential reading for film fans and Texas history buffs.
The screening is free and open to the public.
This event is partially paid for with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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