Archive for category: John Ford

Videophiled: John Ford’s ‘My Darling Clementine’ on Criterion

14 October, 2014 (18:06) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, John Ford, Westerns | By: Sean Axmaker

My Darling Clementine (Criterion, Blu-ray, DVD), John Ford’s sublime reinterpretation of the Wyatt Earp story and the Gunfight at OK Corral, rewrites history to become a mythic frontier legend and one of the most classically perfect westerns ever made. Henry Fonda plays a hard, serious Wyatt Earp leading a cattle drive west with his brothers […]

SFSFF 2011: John Ford’s Upstream

16 July, 2011 (12:54) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals, Film Reviews, John Ford, Silent Cinema | By: Sean Axmaker

The biggest film history news of 2010 was without a doubt the discovery of Upstream (1927), a John Ford comedy from the late silent era previously thought lost, found in a New Zealand film archive along with numerous other American shorts, features and fragments. After screenings in Los Angeles, Pordenone, New York and elsewhere, San […]

SFSFF 2010: The Iron Horse

16 July, 2010 (16:13) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals, John Ford, Silent Cinema | By: Sean Axmaker

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the biggest and most well-curated silent film festival in the United States, celebrates its 15th edition by adding a day of screenings, opening Thursday, July 15 with a screening of John Ford’s The Iron Horse (from Dennis James’ personal 35mm print) and then launching into the weekend with the […]

Stagecoach arrives in a new Criterion edition, plus No Orchids for Miss Blandish and Silver Lode – DVDs of the Week

25 May, 2010 (02:06) | by Sean Axmaker, DVD, John Ford, Westerns | By: Sean Axmaker

Stagecoach (Criterion) DVD and Blu-ray John Ford’s classic western is a landmark of the genre for so many reasons: mature, classically constructed and superbly directed, it made a star of John Wayne, revitalized the western genre and introduced Ford to the breathtaking landscape of Monument Valley, which would become the mythic backdrop of his west. […]

“Somebody’s Fiddle”: Traditional Music in “The Searchers”

13 December, 2009 (19:43) | by Robert C. Cumbow, Film music, John Ford, Westerns | By: Robert C. Cumbow

Martin Pawley has barged into Charlie McCorry’s wedding to Martin’s childhood sweetheart Laurie Jorgenson, and the two have waded into a typically Fordian brawl—momentary comic relief from the darker concerns of most of The Searchers. Suddenly, Charlie interrupts the fistfight: “Somebody’s fiddle!” he cautions, picking up an overlooked musical instrument and handing it hastily out […]

John Ford’s Wilderness: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

21 May, 2009 (09:55) | by David Coursen, John Ford | By: David Coursen

[originally published in slightly different form in Sight and Sound, Autumn 1978, Volume 47 No. 4; reprinted with thanks to BFI] The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance has been so widely discussed, dissected and applauded that by now it must rank as one of John Ford’s least underappreciated films. Its reputation is due in no […]