John Ford

The Cross, the Crescent, or the Swastika?

If the past month has been chaotic in America, it has seen some bloody scenes here in Europe. On the morning of October 29, a 21-year old Tunisian national entered the Basilica of Notre Dame in Nice, France began knifing the three people he found there. He virtually severed the head of an elderly lady, [...]

John Ford’s America

If there is a name that stands out bright in the history of American cinema, it is that of director John Ford (1894-1973). A complex and talented artist, working in a popular medium based on the collaborative efforts of writers, actors, craftsmen, and producers, Ford achieved in fifty years of filmmaking a unique stature in [...]

An Important Public Service Announcement

It has (too) recently come to my attention that the Criterion Collection's release of John Ford's brilliant Stagecoach is now available through the Netflix Watch Instantly feature. As one of the most influential Westerns of all time -- as well as a prominent entry on the list of "All-Time Greatest Film Entrances" -- it's one of [...]

An American Tragedy

I taught for a while in Paris and, after knocking off work, would walk down the rue des Écoles, past the College de France, past the statue of Joachim du Bellay, to the Cinéma Henri Langois -- the best repertory cinema I know -- to see a Western. I took my seat in the dark [...]