Wayne and Ford

Wayne and Ford

The Films, the Friendship, and the Forging of An American Hero

Book - 2017 | First edition
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For more than twenty years John Ford and John Wayne were a blockbuster Hollywood team, turning out many of the finest Western films ever made. Ford, known for his black eye patch and for his hard-drinking, brawling masculinity, was a son of Irish immigrants and was renowned as a director for both his craftsmanship and his brutality. John "Duke" Wayne was a mere stagehand and bit player in "B" Westerns, but he was strapping and handsome, and Ford saw his potential. In 1939 Ford made Wayne a star in Stagecoach, and from there the two men established a close, often turbulent relationship. Their most productive years saw the release of one iconic film after another: Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Searchers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. But by 1960 the bond of their friendship had frayed, and Wayne felt he could move beyond his mentor with his first solo project, The Alamo. Few of Wayne's subsequent films would have the brilliance or the cachet of a John Ford Western, but viewed together the careers of these two men changed moviemaking in ways that endure to this day.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese Doubleday, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780385534857
038553485X
Characteristics: 240 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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paulagrove
Feb 17, 2018

If you're a western fan you'll love this book.
If you're not a western fan there's a good chance you'll still enjoy this look into Wayne & Ford!
I learned about their lives, personalities, relationship, the movies they made together.
It was fun to find the movies online and watch them too. The author points out lots of interesting things to look for in the movies - and excellent movies they are too!
In addition, the author is making the case for the icon of masculinity that Wayne created - in some ways the very best kind of man (something that many of us have forgotten, including women). His roles were men who were not always nice but ultimately good. He illustrated real manhood which includes the values of hard work, courage & self-sacrifice.
I really enjoyed this book!

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