Don’t agree. My Darling Clementine and Liberty Valance are stone cold classics. The Searchers, on the other hand, is balefully overrated.
My shelf has 20 rolls of Charmin Super Soft.
Maybe elderly Wells will be sitting in a pool of blood in a basement bowling alley with a pile of 1:85 movies saying, “I’m finished!”
Perhaps there’s something to all those claims that Twitter heralds the end of Western Civilization, after all…
Never seen Clementine but about Ford, when I was in my 20s’, I didn’t care for Westerns. Now that’ i’m in my 30s, the older I get and see the state of movies and society, I admire Ford more and more. And there’s much of his movies I haven’t seen yet. What a world to discover. The movie period when America was still America. When men were men. No hipsters and blogs and whining. To think these days the best Western Hollywood can come with is Django. Fuck this Era.
But Jack — it’s all bullshit.
You can’t lump “Monument Valley Ford” into one dismissal. Come on!
“Stagecoach,” “Clementine,” “Rio Grande,” “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon,” “The Searchers” (NOT overrated, seminal). “Horse Soldiers” is out of that tradition, though not that location. Isn’t someone remaking that one? They should.
The fact that he ALSO made “Informer,” “How Green” and the soundstagey classic “Liberty Valence” makes him all the more remarkable, to say nothing of his silents, his “Lincoln.”
As I grew older I fell in love with Ford’s films. Sure, some get sappy, but they are so good, have so much to offer. So relaxed and easy going by today’s standards. Another one I love (besides those mentioned), despite a miscast John Wayne, is “The Long Voyage Home.” Great black and white cinematography and atmosphere.
Jeff, you may be sorry to hear, but John Ford is immortal, like Shakespeare, Cervantes, or Tolstoy.
^I think Shakespeare, Cervantes and Tolstoy would be sorry to hear that.
As Jack Razor and Edward point out, Ford gets better as you age. Clementine, Quiet Man, and Searchers are masterpieces.
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