Tuesday, May 05, 2009

James Bowman Fires Back at David Brooks: Order and freedom in the Western movies of John Ford

James Bowman in an excellent post on why David Brooks is wrong to say that John Ford's movies are only about order and community:
In this movie ["My Darling Clementine"] as in others by Ford, particularly The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), we see both things: both the community and civilization that people, left in peace, will spontaneously create for themselves and the lone man with the gun, free and solitary, whom the community, often without knowing it, depends on to be left in peace. Without the one, there would not be the other.
Read the rest here.

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