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About John Ford

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The career of John Ford, America's greatest film director, spanned nearly half a century - the fifty golden years of Hollywood. With masterpieces like Stagecoach, The Informer, The Grapes of Wrath and The Searchers, he was one of the world's most popular film makers, and one of the most universally admired. He has been the subject of a minor flood of critical works and at least two biographies. About John Ford . . . is different from any of these. It is a critical interpretation and a personal tribute. Lindsay Anderson's comprehensive survey of Ford's work has the authority of a writer who was himself a distinguished film maker, and the portrait which emerges has the vividness and warmth of friendship.

Lindsay Anderson was a young critic and apprentice film maker when he met John Ford for the first time in 1951. He was also a devotee of Ford's work, and his early writings were the first to draw serious attention to his films. An odd, abrasive relationship developed, and their paths continued to cross until they met for the last time when Anderson visited Ford at the veteran director's home in Palm Desert, shortly before he died in 1973. During these years, with films like If.... and O Lucky Man!, and with a succession of theatre productions in London and New York, Lindsay Anderson himself became a director of international reputation. But he never lost his admiration for Ford, or his obsessive enthusiasm for his work. This book is the result.

About John Ford . . . is not a work of hagiography. As well as recording Anderson's meetings with Ford, it contains key pieces of criticism never before published in book form and contains an altogether new assessment of Ford's later work, together with an interpretation of his achievement as an artist. The book is rounded off by full and illuminating letters from Ford's principal writing collaborators and by conversations with three actors who knew him well and worked with him often, including Henry Fonda. In its combination of personal fondness and understanding with authoritative critical assessment, About John Ford . . . is a unique contribution to the literature of the Cinema.

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'About John Ford...leaves no room for challenge...Anderson's book is ...without parallel.' The Times -- The Times

'About as good a book on Ford as one can get ... Superb.' Film Review, March 2000 -- Film Review, March 2000

'No master of the cinema ever had a more just disciple to spread the word and the image.' The Evening Standard -- The Evening Standard

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