Tag: John Ford

  • The Jolting “Moonrise,” a John Wayne Romance, and Other Diamonds From the Republic Pictures Vault

    When last we tuned in to Martin Scorsese and the Museum of Modern Art, back in February, they were presenting the first fifteen entries in “Republic Rediscovered,” a two-part series of thirty restored films out of the approximately one thousand made between 1935 and 1958 at Republic Pictures. Republic was the B-movie factory run throughout […]

  • A Restored My Darling Clementine Returns to the Big Screen at Film Forum

    John Ford is often called a great American filmmaker, but rarely a national poet. He filled space with silence and introspective breaks as well as any Frost or Stevens could, though, even when his subject was as dynamic as the settling of the West. My Darling Clementine (presented in a new restoration on DCP) tells […]

  • Michael Cimino Revisits His Notorious Flop Heaven’s Gate, Which Maybe Was a Masterpiece All Along

    “This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” So goes the adage from John Ford’s 1962 classic The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and so it has gone for Heaven’s Gate, the class-war Western written and directed by one of Ford’s truest disciples among contemporary American filmmakers: Michael Cimino. Released […]

  • Mogambo

    Dir. John Ford (1953) Reprising his role from 1932’s Red Dust in Ford’s remake, Clark Gable stars as a big-game hunter who’s lured both a showgirl named Honey Bear (Ava Gardner) and a prim British wife on safari (Grace Kelly). Tue., July 24, 6:50 & 9:15 p.m., 2012

  • TOUGH LOVE

    Almost as shocking today as it was in 1633, John Ford’s tragedy ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore is his best-known work for its racy plot of a brother and sister from a noble family who fall desperately in love with each other. On March 20, acclaimed theater company Cheek by Jowl opens the incestuous drama […]

  • The Broken Heart: Selina Cartmell Revives a Sex-and-Death-Obsessed Tragedy

    Shakespeare casts a long shadow, particularly over the decadent sex-and-death-obsessed tragedians who flourished in the years after he died and before the Puritans finally shut down the theaters (because of all the sex and death). The pervy, ghoulish John Ford is perhaps the most unjustly neglected writer of this cohort—and so Theatre for a New […]

  • The Broken Heart

    John Ford’s plays include many a broken heart, but he likes to mar other bits of flesh, too—veins, stomachs, various internal organs. The baroque playwright ventures to the Spartan court in this tragedy—revived by Theatre for a New Audience—and makes an anatomy lesson of three unhappy couples. Selina Cartmell directs. Feb. 4-March 4, 2012

  • Wagon Master

    Dir. John Ford (1950). Ford took a break from cavalry westerns to direct this lively wild west show pageant in which good-natured roughnecks Ben Johnson and Harry Carey Jr. guide stiff-necked Ward Bond’s group of Mormons to the Promised Land. Wednesdays-Fridays, 1:30 p.m. Starts: Dec. 28. Continues through Dec. 30, 2011

  • Beau Travail

    Dir. Claire Denis (1999). Denis’s sensational transposition of “Billy Budd” to a French Foreign Legion post on the horn of Africa is a mosaic of pulverized shards. Every cut is a small, gorgeously explosive shock. Time drifts, memories flicker. The hypnotic ritual suggests a John Ford cavalry western interpreted by Marguerite Duras but the mysterious […]

  • Young Mr. Lincoln

    Dir. John Ford (1939). A flop in its day, Young Mr. Lincoln now seems the richest film of John Ford’s New Deal period. Given its tragic sense of life, it’s also his most intriguing meditation on history before The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence. Henry Fonda stars in the first of seven movies with Ford. […]