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John Ford


“I hate the cinema. But I like making westerns.”



Maine-born John Ford (born Sean Aloysius O’Fearna) originally went to Hollywood in the shadow of his older brother, Francis, an actor/writer/director who had worked on Broadway. Originally a laborer, propman’s assistant, and occasional stuntman for his brother, he rose to became an assistant director and supporting actor before turning to directing in 1917. Ford became best known for his Westerns, of which he made dozens through the 1920s, but he didn’t achieve status as a major director until the mid-‘30s, when his films for RKO (The Lost Patrol 1934, The Informer 1935), 20th Century Fox (Young Mr. Lincoln 1939, The Grapes of Wrath 1940), and Walter Wanger (Stagecoach 1939), won over the public, the critics, and earned various Oscars and Academy nominations. His 1940s films included one military-produced documentary co-directed by Ford and cinematographer Gregg Toland, December 7th (1943), which creaks badly today (especially compared with… read more


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Kristian Nomedal


Happy Birthday, Pappy!

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Ford & Capra, the two greats of the old Hollywood.

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America on celluloid. A vision of the past transcending the circumstances under which they were created. Myth and history in the same body of work. A master.

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Stagecoach & The Searchers are classics. I'm anxious to see his lesser-known works.


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Greatest Director of the 40s

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Recently-discoverd print of Ford's "Upstream

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Criterion Ford Blu-ray?

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