This radical re-reading of Ford's work studies his films in the context of his complex character, demonstrating their immense intelligence and their profound critique of our culture.
About the Author
Ted Gallagher's articles have appeared in Sight & Sound, Film Comment, Artforum, and many other publications.
"An almost flawless blend of criticism and biography about one of America's greatest film directors."—New York Times Book Review
"'Here at last is a book that richly documents his life and catalogs with sound critical commentary all of Ford's films."—Boston Sunday Globe
"In its out-sized efforts to do justice to the contradictions and complexities of the man and his work, it . . . offers a range of information and insight that dwarfs all competitors. . . . The sense of Ford's personality which emerges achieves at times a novelistic density. And the films are often seen to reverberate on multiple planes as well."—Sight & Sound
"A monumental task of scholarship. . . . Gallagher effectively shatters the twin images of Ford the tough guy, tyrant at home and on the set, and of Ford the semi-literate poet. . . . The real Ford, like the real Shakespeare, was an intellectual, a hard-nosed professional and—yes—a poet too."—Los Angeles Times
"A major labor of love, a tremendously useful book on the teaching level, and a solid and enjoyable read on a personal level."—Films in Review
Table of Contents
1. Prologue: Youth and Apprenticeship 2. First Period (1927-1935): The Age of Introspection 3. Second Period (1935-1947): The Age of Idealism 4. Third Period (1948-1961): The Age of Myth 5. Final Period (1962-1965): The Age of Mortality 6. Conclusion
Notes Appendix: Grosses and Earnings Filmography Selected Bibliography Index