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1,363 Ratings

My Darling Clementine

Directed by John Ford
United States, 1946
Western

Synopsis

As the lawman of a rowdy frontier town where his brother’s killers have taken refuge, Wyatt Earp dedicates himself to bringing the evildoers to justice, a quest that leads to the famous shootout at the O.K. Corral.

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My Darling Clementine Directed by John Ford
As Scott Eyman, Ford’s biographer, points out in his voiceover commentary, if My Darling Clementine plays fast and loose with history it hardly matters – any more than o the borrowings from Dwan’s version. What counts is that Ford imbues his story with grandeur, dignity and a seemingly instinctive visual poetry that few other westerns can match.
October 02, 2015
[The characters] lucky enough to survive the film do continue to be, to move forward, even if the perennial presence of the looming sky above Ford’s low-hanging horizon line outdoes the mythic connotations of the human tragedies and dramas that play out beneath it. Such existential connotations always seem to lurk behind Ford’s films, but never more delicately than in My Darling Clementine.
October 23, 2014
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Released in 1946, My Darling Clementine, American iconoclast John Ford’s first postwar film, stands at the nexus of tradition and progression in both its formal construction and ideological constitution… Ford’s work attains a harmony rare in American studio filmmaking, its topical and cinematic breadth at once intimately sketched and historically attuned to the passage of time and its accumulated gravitas.
October 16, 2014
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