Searching For John Ford: A Life

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Macmillan, Apr 5, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 880 pages
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John Ford’s classic films---such as Stagecoach, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, The Quiet Man, and The Searchers---earned him worldwide admiration as America’s foremost filmmaker, a director whose rich visual imagination conjured up indelible, deeply moving images of our collective past.

Joseph McBride’s Searching for John Ford surpasses all previous biographies of the filmmaker in its depth, originality, and insight. Encompassing and illuminating Ford’s myriad complexities and contradictions, McBride traces the trajectory of Ford’s life from his beginnings as “Bull” Feeney, the nearsighted, football-playing son of Irish immigrants in Portland, Maine, to his recognition, after a long, controversial, and much-honored career, as America’s national mythmaker. Blending lively and penetrating analyses of Ford’s films with an impeccably documented narrative of the historical and psychological contexts in which those films were created, McBride has at long last given John Ford the biography his stature demands.
 

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SEARCHING FOR JOHN FORD: A Biography

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A fine but overlong biography of the brilliant, cantankerous director who fashioned such movie classics as The Grapes of Wrath, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Quiet Man, and The Searchers.Born ... Read full review

Searching for John Ford: a life

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"My name's John Ford. I make Westerns." Ford preferred to let his work speak for itself, and his abrasive encounters with film scholars have become legendary. In fact, "Pappy" Ford, who fancied ... Read full review

Contents

Tisnt the castle that makes the king
15
A faraway fella
37
A dollar for a bloody nose
75
A job of work
101
Directed by John Ford
135
Without a harbor man is lost
165
Sean and Kate
214
No place for an Auteur
245
Yes this really happened
335
I am a director of Westerns
416
Go searchin way out there
520
Theres no future in America
600
Sources
721
Filmography
797
Acknowledgments
805
Index
813

Natani Nez
269

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Joseph McBride is an assistant professor of cinema at San Francisco State University. His books include Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success, Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Hawks on Hawks, and the critical studies, John Ford (1974, with Michael Wilmington) and Orson Welles.

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