How the West Was Sung: Music in the Westerns of John Ford / Edition 1 by Kathryn Kalinak | 9780520252349 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
How the West Was Sung: Music in the Westerns of John Ford / Edition 1

How the West Was Sung: Music in the Westerns of John Ford / Edition 1

by Kathryn Kalinak
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520252349

ISBN-13: 9780520252349

Pub. Date: 09/17/2007

Publisher: University of California Press


James Stewart once said, "For John Ford, there was no need for dialogue. The music said it all." This lively, accessible study is the first comprehensive analysis of Ford's use of music in his iconic westerns. Encompassing a variety of critical approaches and incorporating original archival research, Kathryn Kalinak explores the director's oft-noted predilection

Overview


James Stewart once said, "For John Ford, there was no need for dialogue. The music said it all." This lively, accessible study is the first comprehensive analysis of Ford's use of music in his iconic westerns. Encompassing a variety of critical approaches and incorporating original archival research, Kathryn Kalinak explores the director's oft-noted predilection for American folk song, hymnody, and period music. What she finds is that Ford used music as more than a stylistic gesture. In fascinating discussions of Ford's westerns—from silent-era features such as Straight Shooting and The Iron Horse to classics of the sound era such as My Darling Clementine and The Searchers —Kalinak describes how the director exploited music, and especially song, in defining the geographical and ideological space of the American West.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520252349
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/17/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. How the West Was Sung: Music in the Life and Films of John Ford
2. Hearing the Music in John Ford’s Silents: The Iron Horse and 3 Bad Men
3. “Based on American Folk Songs”: Scoring the West in Stagecoach
4. Two Fordian Film Scores: My Darling Clementine and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
5. “Western as Hell”: 3 Godfathers and Wagon Master
6. “The Girl I Left Behind Me”: Men, Women, and Ireland in the Cavalry Trilogy
7. “What Makes a Man to Wander”: The Searchers
8. In the Shadow of The Searchers: Two Rode Together and Sergeant Rutledge
9. Cheyenne Autumn: A Conclusion

Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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