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Directed by John Ford, is a new, updated version of the original 1971 documentary which was written and directed by Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, What's Up, Doc?, Paper Moon and Mask) and profiles the life and works of the acclaimed director.
Entertainment Weekly has ranked Ford No. 3 among Hollywood's greatest directors behind Orson Welles, who also contributed narration to the original documentary. Of Ford, Welles once said he learned filmmaking from "the old masters, by which I mean John Ford, John Ford and John Ford."Best known for such classic favorites as The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence, The Grapes of Wrath, The Quiet Man, Stagecoach and, widely regarded by critics as the greatest Western ever made, The Searchers. He earned six Oscars®, including four for Best Director a feat still unmatched. Ford's vision of the American West established the way this country would view itself for decades to come.
New material assembled for DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD includes two major elements:
Newly shot interviews with Harry Carey Jr. (a Ford regular), Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Walter Hill, all of whom have been influenced by Ford, as well as Bogdanovich, who wrote and directed not only the original but also this updated version.
New sequences featuring clips and interviews outlining Ford's vision of the family, his use of rituals and the sense of spirituality as portrayed in his work, including scenes from such pictures not previously mentioned such as The Wings of Eagles and How Green Was My Valley, as well as the impact of his complicated relationship with Katharine Hepburn on Ford and his work, using clips from Mary of Scotland and audio recordings.
This restructured version of DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD should be considered an entirely new work. Bogdanovich has said this updated version is more personal than the original. Both the original Orson Welles narration and the interviews with John Ford, John Wayne, James Stewart and Henry Fonda have been kept intact but somewhat re-edited and rearranged to give a new sense of understanding to John Ford as a person and director.
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Narrator: Orson Welles
BW & C-100m. Closed captioning.