By Peter Bogdanovich
Combining interviews with John Ford along with his personal reflections, director Peter Bogdanovich captures either the artist and the guy in a hugely readable, compact e-book that might please movie fanatics and Ford admirers alike. Over 100 stills are integrated, alongside wit hthe such a lot accomplished filmography but compiled for John Ford.
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A haunting musical theme is heard during this scene, and when one realizes it is the same music Ford used after the death of Ann Rutledge in Young Mr Lincoln, its meaning in Liberty Valance is heightened. For Ann Rutledge was the lost love of Lincoln's youth, just as Tom Doniphon is Hallie’s. Ask Ford about this, and he‘ll tell you he just used the tune because it’s among his favourites, that's all. _,~,: 1». -t "g-. M. ' -- ,¢,'*, ~_ _~'~-~-ivy 1 . ’ » whether consciously or not—he felt at last that it ned.
Well, Four Sons. I read the story by Wylie in some magazine, and had them buy it. Strangely enough, it became one of the biggest money makers ever made. It still holds the attendance record at the Roxy, which was one of the biggest theatres in the world. Of course, other pictures have outgrussed it because the admission prices were much lower in those days—a quar~ ter instead of two dollars. I like that picture VCYY muchjohn Wayne was the second or third assistant 49 prop man on that lm, and I remember we had one very dramatic scene in which the mother had just received notice that one of her sons had died, and she had to break down and cry.