Wake of the Red Witch. 1948. USA. Directed by Edward Ludwig. With John Wayne, Gail Russell, Luther Adler. 35mm. 106 min.
1948 was the year John Wayne became a major star, with the releases of Fort Apache, Red River, and this moody, dreamlike East Indies adventure, in which he plays the captain of a cargo ship locked in perpetual conflict with the ship’s devious owner (Luther Adler) over sunken treasure and the hand of the beautiful Angelique (Gail Russell). Directed as a maze of flashbacks and asides by Edward Ludwig (The Gun Hawk), the film was one of Republic’s most expensive productions—and, in the end, one of its most successful.
Thursday, August 16,4:00 p.m.The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
Thursday, August 9,7:00 p.m.Introduced by Martin ScorseseThe Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1