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|DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD (director/writer: Peter Bogdanovich; cinematographers: László Kovács/Brick Marquard/David Sammons/Gregory Sandor/Eric Sherman/Patrick Alexander Stewart; editors: Mark Fitzgerald/Richard Patterson; music: Gaylord Carter; cast: Orson Welles (Narrator); Runtime: 110; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: James R. Silke/George Stevens Jr; TCM-restored 2006 version; 1971)|
|"A solid documentary on the life and films of
influential director John Ford."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Peter Bogdanovich ("The Last
Picture Show"/"What's Up Doc?"/"Paper Moon") directs a solid
documentary on the life and films of influential director John Ford (1895-1973).
It's a well-deserved tribute to one of America's
greatest directors (winning four Oscars for Best Director), who made
such acclaimed films as She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, Fort Apache,
Rio Grande, My Darling
Clementine, The Young Lincoln,
The Grapes of Wrath, The Quiet Man, The Horse Soldiers, Stagecoach and
This film was originally made in 1971, with
an eightysomething John Ford, at his cranky best, interviewed, along
with John Wayne, Henry Fonda and James Stewart. Orson Welles, a big fan
of the director, provides the narration. Bogdanovich in 2006 made a more personal updated
version of his previous film adding
interviews with the likes
of Harry Carey Jr., Clint
Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Walter Hill and a clip
of Katherine Hepburn visiting Ford's deathbed. The doc includes,
besides the interviews, many film clips of Ford's films and anecdotes, and should be a delight for the great
filmmaker's fans and those who might not be that familiar with the
legendary cinema figure.
treatment of the celebrated filmmaker despite Ford's obvious contempt
for him, makes for some interesting testy moments. What's missing is
info on Ford's personal life and artistic visions, something B. never
got around to filming.
REVIEWED ON 4/23/2010 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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