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John Ford: The Man and His Films

Posted by StepTb su luglio 1, 2011

University of California Press, 1988
600 pages

The best book on John Ford you’ll find on the market!

Gallagher is a brilliant film critic and historian, author of some of the best writings in the field during the 1980s and 1990s. He didn’t buy into what was trendy in academia back then (semiology and cultural studies), and maintained an “auteurist” approach instead. He thinks films are more similar to poetry and painting than to prose and language, and likes to analyze sequences and single frames from an aesthetic and stylistic point of view, adopting different sets of tools for different authors (“Frame enlargements can show a lot of Ford’s art – composition, camera angles rhyming from one shot to the next, lighting – but almost nothing of Rossellini’s art, because Rossellini turns everything into motion“).
This book is therefore analytical and academically rigorous, and at the same time accessible and enjoyable by mainstream audiences.

If you want to learn more about his approach, you can read one of his best essays, “Reading, culture, and auteurs”, at this link.

8.5/10

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