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John Ford: The Man and His Films [Paperback]


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1 July 1992
This radical re-reading of Ford's work studies his films in the context of his complex character, demonstrating their immense intelligence and their profound critique of our culture.

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From Philip Hart, Arizona Historical Society
This is not your usual biography of a film director. Tag Gallagher has brought this genre to a new level: one of incredible detail and intellectual insight.…[His] book combines elements of all [previous approaches] and adds a completely new perspective: a detailed analysis of Ford's mind-set as seen through his films.…All students of film will want to have it in their libraries. I also hope it will be used a a model for studies of other film directors. It is that good.

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Ted Gallagher's articles have appeared in Sight & Sound, Film Comment, Artforum, and many other publications.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Ford: A Brilliant Film Director whose Dark Glasses hid Poetic Eyes 18 July 2005
By C. M Mills - Published on Amazon.com
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T. Gallagher has written an outstanding book on the films of John Ford from his primitive Westerns of the silent era through his last film "7 Women" in 1965.

Gallagher includes biographical information on the enigmatic Mr. Ford-tough guy; closet intellectual; painter of superb movie landscapes and all around genius!

Gallagher's main focus, however, is a close study of all the John Ford movies. His commentary is to be read slowly (a dictionary to look up the abstruse words he likes to use can also prove handy!). Gallagher's writing is often academic (using big words and jargon of film scholars), pedantic and obscure.

However, overall he does a good job at getting at the essence of a film's worth. Gallagher helps you to "read a Ford film" giving you new insights into the neglected genius of the fiery Irishman who made the best American movies of his time.

If you want a biography of John Ford turn to the excellent biographies by Joseph McBride or Scott Eyman among others. If you

want primarily a scholary study of the movies made by Ford then

Gallagher is for you.

I enjoyed the book and recommend it to fans of Ford or for anyone wishing to know more about this legendary director of such classics as "Rio Grande"; "Fort Apache" "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" "The Grapes of Wrath"; "Drums Along the Mohawk"; "Young

Mr. Lincoln"; "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence" and countless other classics! Well recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars John Ford's films 24 May 2001
By "joeccosta" - Published on Amazon.com
If one is searching for a biography of John Ford, this is not the book. (A suggestion--Scott Eyman's "Print the Legend" Another, with a slightly different emphasis but still with insightful observations--"John Wayne's America" by Garry Wills.) But as an analysis of specific Ford films as well as the themes he used throughout his career, this book is invaluable. Gallagher's style is a bit too academic at times, but he offers some interesting observations (His examination of the structure of "The Searchers" is particularly memorable).
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the bio (as well as analysis) that you could ever need! 30 Dec 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I don't think customer Lee Kane is quite right when he says that Tag Gallagher's labour-of-love book is mainly about the films. Gallagher's writing is spare and lean but he gives at least as much biography as the purely biographical books.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes For An Interesting Read 25 April 2000
By Lee Kanne - Published on Amazon.com
This is a good book, even though not what I was looking for. The title says "The man and his films", but this book is mainly about the films. That means, if you are looking for the definitive Ford bio, this book isn't it.
That said, this book does has its advantages. It explores Ford's movies in depth, revealing new facts and a lot of insight. It also has a lot o photos.
If you want research on his movies, this is the book for you. If you want a biography, I suggest you read "Hollywood's Old Master" by Davis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong 23 Jan 2013
By Classics Collector - Published on Amazon.com
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An authoritative tome on all things John Ford Films. Kudos to the author for all his research. This one is more on the academic side, Scott Eyman's John Ford The Complete Films is more fun but not as thorough as this one....A hybrid of the two would be definitive. Get both if you are a Ford fan.
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