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'John Wayne' rides high in Scott Eyman's astute biography
'John Wayne' rides high in Scott Eyman's astute biography

Almost every great movie doubles as an allegory for its own creation. Think of Francis Ford Coppola going up the river and around the bend to make "Apocalypse Now." Or Dalton Trumbo having Kirk Douglas shout "I am Spartacus!" to reclaim his identity — as Trumbo had just reclaimed his own by securing screen credit after a decade on the Blacklist. Or think of "The Searchers." When John Ford's camera looks out through the closing door at John Wayne as he walks away from his extended family, the door might as well be closing on an entire genre. Critics, including Wayne's gifted new biographer, Scott Eyman, have rightly if narrowly interpreted...

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