|John Ford (1894-1973)|
John Ford was much more than his famous description of himself "I'm John Ford and I make Westerns." He certainly did that and much, much more. The man himself was a mass of contradictions - cantankerous, rude, a bully, a liar - who happened to make some of the most beautiful American films ever and who inspired both loyalty and love from the actors and technicians who worked with him regularly. It is hard to assess Ford's entire career (over 140 directorial assignments) as most of his silent films are lost or simply not available but his sound output is quite remarkable. Ford was a poet and is, arguably, the greatest American director. Films in my collection are : THE IRON HORSE (1924) JUDGE PRIEST (1934) YOUNG MR. LINCOLN (1939) STAGECOACH (1939) DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK (1939) THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940) THE LONG VOYAGE HOME (1940) THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY (1942) DECEMBER 7TH (1943) THEY WERE EXPENDABLE (1945) MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (1946) FORT APACHE (1948) THREE GODFATHERS (1948) SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (1949) WAGON MASTER (1950) THE QUIET MAN (1952) MR. ROBERTS (1955) THE SEARCHERS (1956) THE HORSE SOLDIERS (1959) SERGEANT RUTLEDGE (1960) TWO RODE TOGETHER (1961) THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (1962) DONOVAN'S REEF (1963) also MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (1949) produced by Ford and the documentary DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD (1971) directed by Peter Bogdanovich.