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John Ford's America

By Jeffrey Richards

John Ford's America
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  • Price: £100.00
  • ISBN: 9781526173812
  • Publish Date: Jun 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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  • ISBN: 9781526173805
  • Publish Date: Jun 2024
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    Book Information

    • Format: eBook
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-7380-5
    • Published Date: June 2024

    Description

    By the time of his death in 1973, John Ford was probably the most celebrated director of Hollywood's golden age. The winner of four best director Oscars, he was the first filmmaker to be awarded his country's highest civilian honour, the Medal of Freedom, and the man chosen by the American Film Institute to receive its first life achievement award.

    In his work, Ford returned regularly to the same themes, employed the same actors and had a visual style that was personal and distinctive. This volume explores his preoccupations throughout his long, garlanded career, showing how he attempted to come to terms with American history, with how America kept changing its relationship with history and with how many of the myths of the 'West' were just that - myths.

    Contents

    1 John Ford: the man and his films
    2 American history
    3 American leaders
    4 The South
    5 The West
    6 The Cavalry
    7 Race
    8 Americana
    Index

    Author

    Jeffrey Richards is Emeritus Professor of Cultural History at Lancaster University

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