A.O. Scott has a great piece in the Times on The Searchers, although it also examines Westerns as a larger genre and the role they have in defining most of the movies we still watch today. It works wonderfully as a companion piece to Sam Pollard's PBS doc John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and The Legend, which I got a chance to screen in Cannes in combination with the aforementioned western. For all those who love westerns (and even those who don't) it's worth a read. However, the one question I always have about the Ford/Wayne relationship is that if one was so integral to the other (and most definitely they were), how is it Howard Hawks was the man who discoverd Wayne could act?