Becoming John Ford (2008)





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Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Nick Redman details director John Ford's remarkable stint at Twentieth Century Fox in an intimately detailed documentary that pays special attention to the relationship between the famed Grapes of Wrath director and studio head Darryl F. Zanuck. A master of the silent film who would go on to become a true legend of American cinema, Ford was just twenty-six years old when he took the helm for Just Pals (1920). Later, when Fox merged with 20th Century in 1935, Ford went to work with the notoriously strong-willed Zanuck. If there was any filmmaker who could give Zanuck a run for his money it was Ford, and it wasn't long before the director made history by earning back-to-back Oscars. Additional input from Ford biographer Joseph McBride, film historian Rudy Behlmer, and screen legend Peter Fonda (whose father Henry had a long-running professional relationship with the filmmaker) ensure that this is one of the most painstakingly assembled profiles of Ford ever committed to film.
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succeeds at the very least in exciting viewer interest in some of Ford's classic as well as lesser-known features

Full Review… | March 24, 2008
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Interesting introduction to the man behind the camera, covering his earlier works for Fox and his relationship with producer Darryl F. Zanuck. Ford seems like quite a character. I thought they did a great job getting lots of different perspectives on him to build up a bit of who the whole man might have been if you'd known him personally or professionally.

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