With <i>Fort Apache</i>, John Ford offers a patriotic and questioning western
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With Fort Apache, John Ford offers a patriotic and questioning western

Fort Apache (1948) is a very solemn classic western by John Ford, intertwining the barbarity shown in the huge battles between the U.S. cavalry and Indians with the subtle delicacy of love stories and romance.  Taking place in the magnificent atmosphere of Monument Valley, Fort Apache is the first movie of the “Cavalry Trilogy” — … Continue reading

John Ford’s <i>Rio Grande</i>: good (or bad?) things always come in threes…
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John Ford’s Rio Grande: good (or bad?) things always come in threes…

Released in 1950, Rio Grande is the third movie of legendary director John Ford’s so-called “cavalry trilogy”. Based on a story published in the Saturday Evening Post “Mission With No Record” (1947) by James Warner Bellah, the movie is the first to cast the famous on-screen couple John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. After the American … Continue reading

<i>My Darling Clementine</i>: a “darling” of a Western
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My Darling Clementine: a “darling” of a Western

The story of the four Earp brothers, who find themselves in conflict with the Clanton family when the latter steal their cattle, was adapted for the screen several times. However, John Ford’s version, released in 1946, was different from others as a new ingredient was added to the story: romance… In John Ford’s movie, the … Continue reading

<i>The Horse Soldiers</i>, John Ford’s Civil War western
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The Horse Soldiers, John Ford’s Civil War western

In 1959, John Ford directed the only movie about the Civil War of his career. In spite of some lengthy parts, this aesthetically pleasing film is played by great actors and offers an interesting philosophical vision of war and violence (topical themes more newsworthy than ever…unfortunately).   Movie poster showing John Wayne and William Holden … Continue reading