Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
Release Date : 2011-02-11
ISBN 13 : 9781604734683
Total Pages : 848 pages
Rating : 4.3/5 (468 users downloads)
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Download or read book Searching for John Ford written by Joseph McBride and published by Univ. Press of Mississippi. This book was released on 2011-02-11 with total page 848 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: John Ford’s classic films—such as Stagecoach, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, The Quiet Man, and The Searchers—have earned him worldwide admiration as America’s foremost filmmaker, a director whose rich visual imagination conjures up indelible, deeply moving images of our collective past. Joseph McBride’s Searching for John Ford, described as definitive by both the New York Times and the Irish Times, surpasses all other biographies of the filmmaker in its depth, originality, and insight. Encompassing and illuminating Ford’s myriad complexities and contradictions, McBride traces the trajectory of Ford’s life from his beginnings as “Bull” Feeney, the nearsighted, football-playing son of Irish immigrants in Portland, Maine, to his recognition, after a long, controversial, and much-honored career, as America’s national mythmaker. Blending lively and penetrating analyses of Ford’s films with an impeccably documented narrative of the historical and psychological contexts in which those films were created, McBride has at long last given John Ford the biography his stature demands.