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Old 04-05-2005, 20:16   #1
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John Ford recommendations

I've been doing a Film Studies course at an evening class and one of the exams I'll be doing in June concerns Japanese cinema. We've watched some Kurosawa films and I know that Kurosawa was influenced by John Ford. That being the case I thought it'd be a good idea to watch a few Ford films, so I can use then in an exam answer.

I'd appreciate any recommendations for Ford films, especially those that could be useful for my exam. Any particular versions would be useful too.
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Old 04-05-2005, 20:30   #2
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Chibouk, can I direct you first at The Classic Western Thread, which started life as a thread about possibly John Ford's greatest film The Searchers and contains a good deal of Ford discussion particularly early on (use the search facility in the thread for 'Ford' if you're having problems).

Also check out The Legendary John Wayne Thread because Ford and Wayne are inextricably linked. Iif you're still stuck, come back...and I'm sure there's lots of help on hand

This is probably linked in the 'Western' thread, but I'll post it here - Barrie Maxwell's look at John Ford / John Wayne movies is here. It doesn't mention the fact IIRC that 3 Godfathers is available in R2 from Warners, probably ahead of that 2006 R1 box set.
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you have to include his Cavalry Trilogy and also The Quiet Man which points to his 'Oirish' roots....
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Thanks a lot for the tips. I've loads to go on there.
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Just to let you know, I went for The Seachers and The Grapes of Wrath in the end. Those should be enough to give me something to write about.
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Just to let you know, I went for The Seachers and The Grapes of Wrath in the end. Those should be enough to give me something to write about.
Two fine choices; you'll love them both.
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Absolutely a great director indeed.

I bought the silent film The Iron Horse from 1925 which in my opinion was the source material for Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West.

Another great one is My Darling Clementine with Henry Fonda.

There is also the German R2 version of She wore a yellow ribbon with a 1968 bbc interview with John Ford of about an hour.

superb stuff indeed

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I bought the silent film The Iron Horse from 1925 which in my opinion was the source material for Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West.
Am I right in thinking that the only version of The Iron Horse on DVD is the BFI release. I have been majorly tempted by this DVD, but even with my BFI discount I still dont think paying over £15 for a DVD with no extras. I als read that the restoration done for Channel 4, which I believe is the print the BFI have used, is made up of alternate takes and differs from the original American release. I don't know if this is true as I only read it from one source (DVD Beaver to be exact) but perhaps this film is calling for a re-release on R1, by Fox perhaps?

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No The Iron Horse here either, for exactly the same reasons (bloody BFI). Beaver is correct as to the release; I was hoping that Criterion would produce the R1 disc, but I'm waiting in vain it seems...

For similar reasons, I haven't got the other barebones R2 Ford films, hoping for better in R1, but I have got most of the Ford films unique to R1, figuring R2 won't do any better!
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I did not know that about The Iron Horse yet I am glad I have it and can always buy an upgraded version.

I have several of the R1 John Ford dvds such as the ones from FSC
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Slightly off topic, but I picked up Searching For john Ford the other day, then put it down as I haven't seen too many of his films (seen most of the wayne westerns and not much else). Does this make any difference, or will I still enjoy the book?
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the book is really good and after I finished reading it, started to buy more of his dvds
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As Oscar said, the book is a tremendous biography, an examination of an enigma and a thoroughgoing look at his work. I'd always been a Ford fan, but it's made me appreciate his films - and his genius - that much more. Have no fear, it's a terrific read.
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I'm seriously tempted by this (for it is indeed splendiferously pretty):

http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/cata...acts/00140.htm

Ist gut, ja?
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I have it (I mentioned it in this old warhorse of a thread); there is some absolutely stunning photography, some beautiful shots marred only - like the Kubrick book I believe - by spreading them across two pages. It's dirt cheap (£6.99 from Amazon) - buy it

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same here and thanks for the link
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