John Ford's America (Hardcover)

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By the time of his death in 1973, John Ford was probably the most celebrated director of Hollywood's golden age. The winner of four best director Oscars, he was the first filmmaker to be awarded his country's highest civilian honour, the Medal of Freedom, and the man chosen by the American Film Institute to receive its first life achievement award.

In his work, Ford returned regularly to the same themes, employed the same actors and had a visual style that was personal and distinctive. This volume explores his preoccupations throughout his long, garlanded career, showing how he attempted to come to terms with American history, with how America kept changing its relationship with history and with how many of the myths of the 'West' were just that - myths.

About the Author

Jeffrey Richards is Emeritus Professor of Cultural History at Lancaster University
Product Details
ISBN: 9781526173812
ISBN-10: 1526173816
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: May 28th, 2024
Pages: 408
Language: English