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What's the best film by John Ford?

The Iron Horse
0 (0%)
3 Bad Men
0 (0%)
Four Sons
0 (0%)
Up the River
0 (0%)
Pilgrimage
0 (0%)
Judge Priest
0 (0%)
The Informer
0 (0%)
Steamboat Round the Bend
0 (0%)
The Prisoner of Shark Island
0 (0%)
Wee Willie Winkie
0 (0%)
Stagecoach
3 (6.4%)
Young Mr. Lincoln
5 (10.6%)
Drums Along the Mohawk
0 (0%)
Grapes of Wrath
4 (8.5%)
The Long Voyage Home
0 (0%)
How Green Was My Valley
5 (10.6%)
The Battle of Midway
0 (0%)
They Were Expendable
0 (0%)
My Darling Clementine
5 (10.6%)
The Fugitive
0 (0%)
Fort Apache
1 (2.1%)
3 Godfathers
0 (0%)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
1 (2.1%)
Wagon Master
1 (2.1%)
Rio Grande
0 (0%)
The Quiet Man
1 (2.1%)
The Sun Shines Bright
0 (0%)
Mogambo
0 (0%)
The Long Gray Line
0 (0%)
The Searchers
13 (27.7%)
The Wings of Eagles
0 (0%)
The Last Hurrah
0 (0%)
The Horse Soldiers
0 (0%)
Sergeant Rutledge
0 (0%)
Two Rode Together
0 (0%)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
6 (12.8%)
Donovan's Reef
0 (0%)
Cheyenne Autumn
0 (0%)
7 Women
0 (0%)
haven't seen any
0 (0%)
don't like any
2 (4.3%)
other
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 45

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Re: Director's Best: John Ford
« Reply #20 on: October 17, 2010, 12:25:15 AM »
You should see more. Probably Grapes of Wrath and Judge Priest based on your list as it stands.
I definitely need to see more! (Maybe I should read Grapes of Wrath first though?  :-[ )

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Re: Director's Best: John Ford
« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2010, 12:37:00 AM »
Not necessary! It's not all that good and the movie is awesome. Also, I am always right.
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Re: Director's Best: John Ford
« Reply #22 on: October 20, 2010, 02:26:34 AM »
I've only seen 4 :-\ . But zero clunkers in the ones I've watched.

1. Young Mr. Lincoln
2. How Green Was My Valley
3. My Darling Clementine
4. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance



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Re: Director's Best: John Ford
« Reply #23 on: October 25, 2010, 02:44:18 PM »
The Quiet Man is really good but it has to be The Searchers.
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Re: Director's Best: John Ford
« Reply #24 on: October 25, 2010, 05:39:34 PM »
Favorite is My Darling Clementine.
I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Director's Best: John Ford
« Reply #25 on: February 12, 2011, 12:12:55 AM »

Wagon Master John Ford, 1950

The peoples set out west, mormons in this case. The Sons of the Pioneers on the soundtrack, horses a-gallopin', men riding them a-plenty, guns kept out of sight in favor of community, decency, etc. Some things happen, mostly they don't. There's no Wayne, no Fonda, no nobody. Just men and their horses, the women walking beside the stagecoaches, nothing else matters. Since there are no stars, there's nothing to focus on except the rituals - it's a recording of small gestures, made great by Ford's mastery. So subtle, you think nothing happens. Maybe just a chance for types to interact. Maybe just a chance for that John Ford poetry. It's pure and simple. Less about gunfights than about seeing a group of horses cross a river all majestic and such. Sometimes there's just no use in describing. There's no use in much of anything. The beauty is all up there, waiting to be found. Will roujin be one to dig it out? Nah, that's Tag Gallagher's job.

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Re: Director's Best: John Ford
« Reply #26 on: February 12, 2011, 12:30:25 AM »
That's one Gallagher's right about, for sure.  It's not an epic Western (we have plenty of those).  It's a haiku.
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Re: Director's Best: John Ford
« Reply #27 on: February 12, 2011, 05:34:56 AM »
1. The Searchers - A+
2. How Green Was My Valley - A-
3. Young Mr. Lincoln - B+
4. Stagecoach - B+
5. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - B+
6. The Grapes of Wrath - B

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Re: Director's Best: John Ford
« Reply #28 on: February 18, 2011, 03:46:35 AM »
The Searchers.

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Re: Director's Best: John Ford
« Reply #29 on: May 17, 2011, 10:26:53 PM »
You should see more. Probably Grapes of Wrath and Judge Priest based on your list as it stands.
I definitely need to see more! (Maybe I should read Grapes of Wrath first though?  :-[ )

Yes you should.

Not necessary! It's not all that good and the movie is awesome. Also, I am always right.

I voted for The Grapes of Wrath as Ford's best film, but you're wrong if you think the film is better than the book. Had Ford been able to make the film without the restrictions of the Hays Code, then maybe it could have reached the level of excellence that the book attains. Not being able to even hint at Rose-of-Sharon feeding the emaciated homeless man with her breast milk after her baby is stillborn, weakens the ending of Ford's film.