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Old 10-12-2007, 12:17   #521
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Anyone remember that two part doc. about John Ford, that Lindsay Anderson made for the BBC a few years back. It was fantastic, although Anderson really seems to hate "The Searchers".
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Old 10-12-2007, 20:06   #522
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I really enjoyed The Iron Horse, which I'd never seen. I gather the International version is the Brownlow restoration - I'm curious to watch the US version now, which I'm told is fourteen minutes longer. The new score is really fine most of the time, but misses the mark on a few important scenes. So much of what Ford would go on to do is planted in this film.
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very true indeed.

I always thought that Sergio Leone paid tribute to John Ford in Once Upon A time in the west
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Old 10-12-2007, 21:50   #524
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I always thought that Sergio Leone paid tribute to John Ford in Once Upon A time in the west
True, and don't forget the influence of The Informer on A Fistful of Dynamite.
Christopher Frayling's excellent book Once Upon A Time In Italy points out the high regard in which Leone held Ford.
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I dont think ive ever watched any john ford pictures but I am rectifying this at christmas given three of my favourite directers are influenced by him: kurosawa, leone and welles.
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I dont think ive ever watched any john ford pictures but I am rectifying this at christmas given three of my favourite directers are influenced by him: kurosawa, leone and welles.
Be sure and report back what you think - it's always good to hear what someone coming fresh to his work feels.
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True, and don't forget the influence of The Informer on A Fistful of Dynamite.
Christopher Frayling's excellent book Once Upon A Time In Italy points out the high regard in which Leone held Ford.
I didn't know that since I have not seen either picture...
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Wagon Master on TV tonight BBC4 23:30 to 01:00
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A bit of unexpected news here. Gideon's Day, which had been announced by DD before they went belly up has just been passed by the BBFC under the title Gideon of Scotland Yard for........ DD! See here.

Seems like that Sony deal may have been revived.
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Regarding Peter Bogdanovich's Directed by John Ford, this news comes via the HTF, and originally, the Crierion forum:


I spoke with Mr. Bogdanovich regarding the above piece the other day. He's informed me that his now legendary documentary will soon be seeing the light of a DVD laser. It will be available on DVD in May through Warner Home video....

Direct quote from the man himself, "... I re-did the film in 2006 and that it was shown on TCM that year... And will be available on DVD in May through Warner Home video... I feel that the new version is infinitely better than the original and I hope you get a chance to see it!"
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I hope we get a chance to see it too!
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It seems like as usual, they could only find the version with the American title for the transfer, as it was definitely titled Gideon's Day in the UK. The UK prints have probably all been incinerated, something that really started in ernest in the 1970's, when the British cinema industry was virtually in collapse and the distributors knew the prints would never be shown in cinemas again, So why pay for the space to keep them gathering dust in the vaults? Cheaper to destroy them.
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Old 27-01-2009, 20:58   #533
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Joseph Mc Bride's (thick) book "Searching For John Ford" is a great (& exhaustive) biography. I'd love to see the two part BBC doc. made by Lindsay Anderson released, it's the best documentry about John Ford that I've seen.
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I'd love to see the two part BBC doc. made by Lindsay Anderson released.
I'll second that!
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From Classicflix:

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Seems a bit early for September releases, but Warner has announced a September 15th release date for Directed by John Ford. More info below via TCM.

It will also be included in a newly repackaged John Wayne/John Ford Film Collection which we will list shortly when more information is available.

Retail will be $19.97, but it is available at Classicflix.com for only $14.49.

Via TCM.com

Directed by John Ford, is a new, updated version of the original 1971 documentary which was written and directed by Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, What's Up, Doc?, Paper Moon and Mask) and profiles the life and works of the acclaimed director.

Entertainment Weekly has ranked Ford No. 3 among Hollywood's greatest directors behind Orson Welles, who also contributed narration to the original documentary. Of Ford, Welles once said he learned filmmaking from "the old masters, by which I mean John Ford, John Ford and John Ford."Best known for such classic favorites as The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence, The Grapes of Wrath, The Quiet Man, Stagecoach and, widely regarded by critics as the greatest Western ever made, The Searchers. He earned six Oscars®, including four for Best Director – a feat still unmatched. Ford's vision of the American West established the way this country would view itself for decades to come.

New material assembled for DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD includes two major elements:

• Newly shot interviews with Harry Carey Jr. (a Ford regular), Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Walter Hill, all of whom have been influenced by Ford, as well as Bogdanovich, who wrote and directed not only the original but also this updated version.

• New sequences featuring clips and interviews outlining Ford's vision of the family, his use of rituals and the sense of spirituality as portrayed in his work, including scenes from such pictures not previously mentioned such as The Wings of Eagles and How Green Was My Valley, as well as the impact of his complicated relationship with Katharine Hepburn on Ford and his work, using clips from Mary of Scotland and audio recordings.

This restructured version of DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD should be considered an entirely new work. Bogdanovich has said this updated version is more personal than the original. Both the original Orson Welles narration and the interviews with John Ford, John Wayne, James Stewart and Henry Fonda have been kept intact but somewhat re-edited and rearranged to give a new sense of understanding to John Ford as a person and director.
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Sold.

Is the original still available as well ?
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The "Directed by John Ford" DVD described above by Livius is available now from Towercom for about $13, with postage you'd pay under £12 at current exchange rates. Has anyone ordered from this lot and can say what their track record is ?

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The "Directed by John Ford" DVD described above by Livius is available now from Towercom for about $13, with postage you'd pay under £12 at current exchange rates. Has anyone ordered from this lot and can say what their track record is ?
Just over a tenner delivered from Amazon UK Marketplace

BTW, while I'm here, this from Criterion President Peter Becker as reported on another forum:

You also mention STAGECOACH. We never announced it for December, but
it's true that we had hoped to release it then. Again mastering turned
out to be more complicated than we anticipated. The original negative
of the film is lost, and we have been evaluating a number of different
elements. We are now working closely with UCLA's restoration team to
evaluate all available elements and create a new HD master, starting
from scratch. The bad news is that it's taking a long time. The good
news is that in the time we've been working on the master, we've had
the opportunity to unearth some interesting supplemental materials, so
the edition will be all the better for it. That said, it's frustrating
that it didn't come out -- the cover's been on the wall of our office
for weeks now, and we're looking forward to making it a part of the
collection.
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Just over a tenner delivered from Amazon UK Marketplace
Cheers, a that's a good enough price for me.



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BTW, while I'm here, this from Criterion President Peter Becker as reported on another forum:

You also mention STAGECOACH. We never announced it for December, but
it's true that we had hoped to release it then. Again mastering turned
out to be more complicated than we anticipated. The original negative
of the film is lost, and we have been evaluating a number of different
elements. We are now working closely with UCLA's restoration team to
evaluate all available elements and create a new HD master, starting
from scratch. The bad news is that it's taking a long time. The good
news is that in the time we've been working on the master, we've had
the opportunity to unearth some interesting supplemental materials, so
the edition will be all the better for it. That said, it's frustrating
that it didn't come out -- the cover's been on the wall of our office
for weeks now, and we're looking forward to making it a part of the
collection.

A mouthwatering prospect - sounds like it should be worth the wait.
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