Directed by John Ford (1971)





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This documentary profiles the great American filmmaker John Ford (1895-1973). Among the films he directed were The Young Lincoln, Stagecoach, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and The Grapes of Wrath. Ford's work was distinguished by its great emotional clarity, which some see as sentimentality, and storytelling which evokes and defines what it is to be American. The film features interviews with Ford and with many of his stars, as well as exemplary clips from his films. Many of Ford's films were westerns, and interviews with him are filmed in Monument Valley, one of his favorite film settings. It is narrated by director Peter Bogdonavich, whose own work shows Ford's influence. Among the actors interviewed are John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Television
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Critic Reviews for Directed by John Ford

All Critics (2)

A solid documentary on the life and films of influential director John Ford.

Full Review… | April 22, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

a fascinating tribute to Ford and his films

Full Review… | September 28, 2009

Audience Reviews for Directed by John Ford

I like John Ford but have only seen a couple of his movies. Personally in terms of westerns I liked Leone more but John Ford is the epitome of American westerns and classic American movies of the 30's-50's. I bought this for a dollar on DVD at the library and it was fulfilling. It is cool to hear various figures talk about working with Ford and his process. The version I saw was reconstructed by Bogdanovich so it featured the interviews with Stewart, Fonda, and the Duke as well as ones filmed in 2006 with Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood and Spielberg.

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