The life of distinguished American filmmaker John Ford is brought to the screen through a series of interviews with the legendary director himself, clips from some of his most well-known movies and reflections from a number of Ford’s film stars. Featured are John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda and many more; Peter Bogdanovich, one of many filmmakers influenced by Ford’s vision, directs this homage to the famed father of Western cinema.
The son of immigrants fleeing the Nazis—his father was a Serbian painter and pianist and his mother was descended from a rich Jewish Austrian family—Peter Bogdanovich was conceived in Europe but born in America. He originally was an actor in the 1950s, studying his craft with legendary acting teacher Stella Adler and appearing on television and in summer stock. In the early 1960s he achieved notoriety for programming movies at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. An obsessive cinema-goer, sometimes seeing up to 400 movies a year in his youth, Bogdanovich prominently showcased the work of American directors such as John Ford, about whom he subsequently wrote a book based on the notes he had produced for the MOMA retrospective of the director, and the then-underappreciated Howard Hawks. Bogdanovich also brought attention to such forgotten pioneers of American cinema as Allan Dwan.
Bogdanovich was influenced by the French critics of the 1950s who wrote for Cahiers du Cinema… read more
The present-day interviews are all praise, no insight, but it's worth seeing just for the footage of the Duke, Stewart, Fonda, and Carey.
Indispensable for whoever identifies himself as an film fan. However, Bogdanovich directed a bad picture: His lack of knowledge about illustration and interview conduction is visible, and mess the experience. Notice too the explicit difference between the styles of the interviews made in the 70s and the recent interview's. In all meanings, Directed by John Ford is a work about the time, directly or not.