Marc Eliot's Art of Film | John Ford, Hollywood’s Poet Laureate

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Marc Eliot’s Art of Film: John Ford, Hollywood’s Poet Laureate

Thu, Nov 7, 6 PM | Stagecoach 

Fri, Nov 8, 6 PM | The Searchers 

Sat, Nov 9, 6 PM | The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Sun, Nov 10, 6 PM | High Noon 

The Peoria Riverfront Museum proudly presents "Marc Eliot's Art of Film," a once-in-a-lifetime classic film festival with four of the legendary films of all-time like you've never seen them never before on the Giant Screen. 

Internationally known bestselling Hollywood author, film auteur and historian Marc Eliot returns to Peoria Riverfront Museum to continue his fascinating insights on the Art of Film. For this program, he will examine, in detail, the masterworks of John Ford, America’s preeminent filmmaker, and the work of Fred Zinnemann. Eliot will contrast the film’s directorial hand to show how stylistic differences can tell the same stories in strikingly different ways.

See the legendary performances that made screen icons John Wayne and Gary Cooper. Discover amazing insights about one of the greatest directors of all time, John Ford, from renowned Hollywood biographer and film festival curator Marc Eliot. 

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Individual Films: Member $13 | Public $15

All Access Pass: Member $42 | Public $50



A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process. "Stagecoach" won two Academy Awards including Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Thomas Mitchell. Directed by John Ford. Story by Ernest Haycox,  screenplay by Dudley Nichols. Stars: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell, and Louise Platt. 1939. B&W. 1h 36min.


An American Civil War veteran (John Wayne) embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches. Directed by John Ford. Screenplayby Frank S. Nugent, based on the novel by Alan Le May. Stars: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, and Natalie Wood. 1956. B&W. 1h 59m.


A senator (James Stewart), who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw (Lee Marvin), returns for the funeral of an old friend (John Wayne) and tells the truth about his deed. Directed by John Ford. Screenplay by James Warner Bellah and Willis Goldbeck, adapted from a short story written by Dorothy M. Johnson. Stars: John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin, Vera Miles, Edmond O'Brien, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Woody Strode, Strother Martin, and Lee Van Cleef. Paramount Pictures. 1962. B&W. 2h 3min.


Former marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper) is preparing to leave the small town of Hadleyville, New Mexico, with new bride, Amy (Grace Kelly), when he learns that a vicious local criminal, Frank Miller (Ian MacDonald), has been set free and is arriving on the noon train to seek revenge on the marshal who turned him in. When Kane tries to recruit deputies to fight Miller, he's discouraged to find that the people of Hadleyville turn cowardly and he must face Miller and his gang alone. Set in "real time," with the story unfolding as it happens, "High Noon" won four Academy Awards including Best Actor, Gary Cooper. Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Screenplay by: Carl Foreman, based on the short story "The Tin Star" by John W. Cunningham. Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney Jr., Harry Morgan, Lee Van Cleef, and Ian MacDonald. 1952. B&W. 1h 25min.