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Author Bio: Peter Cowie has written more than 20 books on the cinema, among them The Cinema of Orson Welles and biographies of Ingmar Bergman and Francis Ford Coppola. He is the founder of the International Film Guide, which he edited for 40 years. Cowie is sometime Regents Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
|1||The myth of the West||10|
|3||The U.S. Cavalry and the scars of war||72|
|4||Ford and the Native American||120|
|5||Monument Valley and Ford's expansive vision of the West||158|
|6||The telltale signature||196|
|John Ford's westerns : a checklist||217|
Posted December 13, 2004
Western movie fans, here's the book for you. And, it's a beauty with some 125 illustrations from John Ford's greatest films. Characteristically modest, the legendary film director once introduced himself by saying, 'My name is John Ford. I make Westerns.' What an understatement. He is arguably the best and most prolific director of Western films in the history of Hollywood. Who can forget 'Stagecoach,' 'Drums Along the Mohawk,' 'Fort Apache,' 'She Wore A Yellow Ribbon' to mention only a few? He was and is the quintessential director in this genre, working with such film greats as John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, and Henry Fonda. He drew inspiration from a variety of sources, the pulp fiction of the 19th century as well as the stunning paintings by Remington and Russell. As is noted regarding the jacket front, 'Ford's use of pale sunshine yellow and sunset red in 'The Searchers' (1956) recalls the paintings of Frederic Remington.' Generations of us were enthralled by his films at Saturday matinees; today legions discover him on DVDs. Whatever the case, his legacy is unquestionable. Chapter headings include: The Myth of the West History Transfigured The U.S. Cavalry and the Scars of War Ford and the Native American Monument Valley and Ford's Expansive Vision of the West The Telltale Signature Author Peter Cowie is the former international publishing director of Variety, and has penned over 20 cinema focused books, including 'The Cinema of Orson Welles' plus bios of Ingmar Bergman and Francis Ford Coppola. - Gail CookeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 28, 2008
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