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John Ford : Interviews - Gerald Peary

John Ford


By: Gerald Peary (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd November 2001
ISBN: 9781578063987
Number Of Pages: 277

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This is the first collection of interviews with John Ford (1895--1973), whom many aficionados of fine films consider not only the major American filmmaker but also one of the most extraordinary American artists of the twentieth century.

Among the world's filmmakers who have been devotees of Ford's work are Jean-Luc Godard, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Wim Wenders, and Orson Welles, who, when asked from whom he learned how to make Citizen Kane, exclaimed "John Ford, John Ford, John Ford!"

And yet, Ford, unquestionably a giant of the international film world, is far less known, his genius less recognized, although his accomplishments comprise perhaps the best film biography of all time (Young Mr. Lincoln), the best war film (They Were Expendable), a masterly romance (The Quiet Man), a sublime film of childhood (How Green Was My Valley), classic adaptations from fiction (The Grapes of Wrath, The Long Voyage Home), and the American Western, on which he left his indelible signature (Stagecoach, My Darling Clementine, Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and The Searchers).

Although his was a brilliant career, Ford was not a self-promoter. He refused to discuss his film art. In fact, with interviewers he proved to be gruff and impatient. With those who asked him intellectual questions he was downright cantankerous. His sarcasm, impatience, and occasional mean-spiritedness were quick to surface during interviews. The legend is that he was the interviewee from hell.

Yet there were times when he let the walls down and spoke openly and even generously. This book includes at least a dozen such lucid encounters with him, many reprinted for the first time. Also for the first time, several French interviews have been translated into English and show how with French critics Ford enjoyed making conversation. Included too are interviews newly discovered and not listed previously in any bibliography, as well as his poignant and revelatory interviews granted when he knew he was dying.

Gerald Peary, a professor of communication and journalism at Suffolk University in Boston, is a film critic for the Boston Phoenix and editor of Quentin Tarantino: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi).

Introductionp. ix
Chronologyp. xix
Filmographyp. xxiii
It's the "Little Things" That Count, Details Essential, Says Jack Fordp. 3
Film Capitalizes Stage's Shortcomings, Says Fordp. 5
John Ford, The Man behind The Informerp. 7
John Ford: Fighting Irishp. 10
The Star Creators of Hollywoodp. 15
The Rebels, If They Stay Up This Time, Won't Be Sorry for Hollywood's Troublep. 21
John Ford Wants It Realp. 24
New York Close-Upp. 26
John Ford Accords an Exclusive Interview to Cinemondep. 29
Rendezvous with John Fordp. 32
Recalling a 1955 Interview with John Fordp. 34
Poet in an Iron Maskp. 38
Down with Rebeccap. 41
A Meeting with John Fordp. 44
The Old Wrangler Rides Againp. 46
The Autumn of John Fordp. 58
Ford on Fordp. 61
John Fordp. 70
Filmmakers of Our Time: The Twilight of John Fordp. 75
Ford on Ford 1p. 81
The Old John Ford Talks about Westernsp. 93
Telerama's Exclusive Interview with John Ford in the Fleshp. 96
The Fourth Dimension of Old Agep. 98
Notes of a Press Attache: John Ford in Parisp. 104
Ford on Ford 2p. 113
Burt Kennedy Interviews John Fordp. 118
John Fordp. 124
Ford in Personp. 127
John Ford Talks to Philip Jenkinson about Not Being Interested in Moviesp. 137
Ford on the Lidop. 141
A Very Special Tribute to a Very Special Guyp. 143
Yes, John Ford Knew a Thing or Two about Artp. 145
One More Hurrahp. 151
Indexp. 161
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ISBN: 9781578063987
ISBN-10: 1578063981
Series: Conversations With Filmmakers Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 277
Published: 2nd November 2001
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32