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John Ford by Joseph McBride
Book DescriptionOrson Welles was once asked which directors he most admired. He replied: "The old masters. By which I mean John Ford, John Ford and John Ford." John Ford (1894--1973) was a legend in his own time. Honored with four Academy Awards for best director, and two others for his World War II documentaries, Ford directed more than 140 films in a career that lasted from the early silent era through the late 1960s. Ford today is celebrated throughout the world as the cinema's foremost chronicler of American history, the leading poet of the Western genre, and a wide-ranging filmmaker of profound emotional impact. His classic films--such as Stagecoach, The Grapes of Wrath, Has Green Was My Valley, The Quiet Man, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance--remain widely popular, and he has been acknowledged as a major influence by such leading contemporary filmmakers as Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, Elia Kazan, Samuel Fuller, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Oliver Stone, and Peter Bogdanovich.In this groundbreaking and influential work of Ford criticism, Joseph McBride and Michael Wilmington provide an overview of Ford's career as well as in-depth analyses of key Ford films, from his first feature, the 1917 Straight Shooting, to his last, the controversial Seven Women. Analyzing recurring Fordian themes and relating each film to his entire body of work, the authors insightfully explore the full richness of Ford's tragicomic vision of history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780306800160
(210mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1975
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Joseph McBride
Writing in Pictures, Paperback (March 2012)
Offering a guide to the screen writing profession, as well as practical guidance in the steps professional writers take to write a screenplay that comes from the heart, this title takes the reader through the nitty-gritty process of conceiving, outlining, constructing, and writing a screenplay in the professional format.
Steven Spielberg, Paperback (January 2011)
In this first full-scale, in-depth biography of Spielberg, Joseph McBride reveals hidden dimensions of the filmmaker's personality and shows how deeply personal even his most commercial work has been. This new edition adds four chapters to Spielberg's life story, chronicling his extraordinarily active and creative period from 1997 to the present.
Frank Capra, Paperback (August 1996)» View all books by Joseph McBride
A biography of the film director Frank Capra, who achieved fame during Hollywood's golden era. The book includes an examination of the psychological pressures which caused the collapse of the Sicilian-born Capra's creativity at the end of the 1940s, under the onslaught of the McCarthy witch-hunt.
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Author Biography - Joseph McBride
Joseph McBrides's many books include John Ford (with Michael Wilmington) and Orson Welles, Hawks on Hawks, Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success, and The Book of Movie Lists. His film scripts include the cult classic Rock146 n146 Roll High School and five American Film Institute Life Achievement Award television specials. He lives in Los Angeles. Michael Wilmington is the nationally known film critic of theChicago Tribune. He is a former film critic for the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, and L.A. Style. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.
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