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Searching for John Ford
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John Ford's classic films--such as Stagecoach The Grapes of Wrath How Green Was My Valley The Quiet Man and The Searchers have earned him worldwide admiration as America's foremost filmmaker, a director whose rich visual imagination conjures up indelible, deeply moving images of our collective past. Joseph McBride's Searching for John Ford , described as definitive by both the New York Times and the Irish Times surpasses all other biographies of the filmmaker in its depth, originality, and insight. Encompassing and illuminating Ford's myriad complexities and contradictions, McBride traces the trajectory of Ford's life from his beginnings as "Bull" Feeney, the nearsighted, football-playing son of Irish immigrants in Portland, Maine, to his recognition, after a long, controversial, and much-honored career, as America's national mythmaker. Blending lively and penetrating analyses of Ford's films with an impeccably documented narrative of the historical and psychological contexts in which those films were created, McBride has at long last given John Ford the biography his stature demands.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction: My Search for John Ford
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. CHAPTER ONE: '"Tisn't the castle that makes the king"
  2. pp. 15-36
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  1. CHAPTER TWO: A faraway fella
  2. pp. 37-74
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  1. CHAPTER THREE: "A dollar for a bloody nose"
  2. pp. 75-100
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR: "A job of work"
  2. pp. 101-134
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE: Directed by John Ford
  2. pp. 135-164
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  1. CHAPTER SIX: "Without a harbor, man is lost"
  2. pp. 165-213
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  1. CHAPTER SEVEN: Sean and Kate
  2. pp. 214-244
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  1. CHAPTER EIGHT: "No place for an Auteur"
  2. pp. 245-268
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  1. CHAPTER NINE: Natani Nez
  2. pp. 269-324
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  1. CHAPTER TEN: "Yes—this really happened"
  2. pp. 335-415
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  1. CHAPTER ELEVEN: "I am a director of Westerns"
  2. pp. 416-519
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  1. CHAPTER TWELVE: "Go searchin' way out there"
  2. pp. 520-599
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  1. CHAPTER THIRTEEN: "There's no future in America"
  2. pp. 600-720
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  1. Sources
  2. pp. 721-796
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  1. Filmogmphy
  2. pp. 797-803
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 805-812
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 813-838
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