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John Ford

Posted in 50 Directors Summary, John Ford on December 6, 2009 by Kanpoj K.

John Ford

He followed one of his brothers (an actor) to Hollywood. He became one of the most influential director. He was famous for making western films. He won six Oscars, including two from his World War II documentary works. His favorite casts were John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Ward Bond and James Stewart. He always filmed his western at the Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah, USA.

In most of his films, he was rarely use camera movement and avoid all close-up shots. The spared the use of the camera movement for only a specific parts of the film. He prefers to use medium and long shot and often use panning shots and sometime he used a rapid zoom-in shot. Unlike the other director, he never use storyboard in this film. All the shots were already in his head without any written or drawing outline of the shots.

His well known western films are My Darling Clementine (1946), Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), and Rio Grande (1950).

He also directed the other genres as well. Some of his successful works are The Lost Patrol (1934), Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), and The Quiet Man (1952).

Often some of his films concerned about racial prejudice as they were shown in the film like The Searchers (1956), Sergeant Rutledge (1960), Donovan’s Reef (1963), and Cheyenne Autumn (1964).