HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (John Ford, 1941)

Based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn, How Green Was My Valley has the dubious distinction of being the movie that beat Citizen Kane for the 1941 Academy Award. John Ford, who won for the third time as best director (with yet another such prize up ahead), didn’t think much of the film, and with […]

THE RISING OF THE MOON (John Ford, 1956)

In John Ford, the most brilliant book of film criticism I’ve read, Joseph McBride and Michael Wilmington thus identify the unifying theme of The Rising of the Moon, shot “entirely in natural settings” in Ireland, the land of John Ford’s ancestors: “the dwindling away of Irish communal traditions in the face of modern social pressures.” […]