The one film in the class. "Print the legend," as a commentary on the kinds of movies Ford makes. Flashback and truth in fiction. Showing vs. telling. Who did shoot Liberty? The two scenes of his death. Flashback within flashback. Woody Strode (Pompey). What is he doing in the second scene? Why does it matter?
What we didn't get to: the way Vera Miles seems to have learned the story as we do. We assume she now knows what we now know, though of course she (presumably) didn't know it before whereas now she (presumably) did know it before. Still we read it as though she's learned it as we have, during the present time of the movie. The alteration of the back story as the story is told.