Robert b pippin, hollywood westerns and american myth: the importance of howard hawks and john ford for political philosophy, yale university of john ford's stagecoach (1939) three chapters on individual films: the first on howard hawks' 1948 film, red river, the second on ford's 1962 film, the. Flms2010: film genre study screenings: tuesdays, 12:15 – 14:15 (jl g014) lecture/seminars: fridays, 09:15 – 12:15 (jl g010) dr mikel j koven (office bb133) they will compare and contrast generic conventions and explore genre theory as it has been used within film studies stagecoach (john ford, 1939. Genre and film music 10 methodology 15 chapter two: film music: form and function introduction 22 the link with romanticism 24 the silent film and beyond 26 the function of film altman and genre theory 45 film music and balanced out by books such as john ford's stagecoach (grant, ed 2003), which. Bazin and robert warshow that the genre began to be taken seriously indeed hold such a view without being committed to any particular version of auteur theory and without a commitment to any limits of knowledge in and of the searchers,” in “the searchers”: essays and reflections on john ford's classic. Mmm this page intentionally left blank john ford's stagecoach stagecoach is one of the classics of hollywood cinema made in 1939, it revitalized the western genre, served as a milestone of john ford's career, and made john wayne a star this volume offers a rich overview of the ﬁlm in essays by six leading ﬁlm critics.
The analytic theory posited by robert warshow in his essay the westerner, itemizes the elements necessary for a film to belong to the genre of the western it is my belief that while exhibiting many of the traits itemized by warshow, john ford's stagecoach (1939) also exhibits variations in characterization, symbolism. Stagecoach (1939) is a classic western from film auteur john ford this film - his first sound western - was a return to his most-acclaimed film genre after a thirteen year absence following fox's three bad men (1926) (and the iron horse (1924)) in the meantime, he had produced the superb, oscar-winning drama about. Anderson, lindsay, about john ford , london, 1981 caughie, john, editor, theories of authorship: a reader , london, 1981 schatz, thomas, hollywood genres: formulas, filmmaking, and the studio system , new york, 1981 eisenstein, sergei, film essay and a lecture , edited by jay leyda, princeton, 1982 goldstein. Chronicling history by means of the western, the one genre american cinema can claim to have pioneered, john ford's depiction of the west pumped wit the catalyst to holliday's conflict arrives with clementine carter (cathy downs), who has come searching by stagecoach after holliday abandoned.
John ford's westerns are responsible for turning monument valley, an area on the utah-arizona border little-known outside of the navajo community, into a major tourist destination for decades filmmakers have included it as a sly postmodern quip or lazy shorthand for the western genre (actually few. In: theories of authorship : a reader / edited by john caughie place/publisher london boston : routledge & kegan paul in association with the british film institute, 1981: main stack pn1996t44 1981: moffitt john ford in focus : essays on the filmmaker's life and work: edited by kevin l stoehr and michael c connolly.
Genre theory and john ford's stagecoach essay - genre theory and john ford's stagecoach the analytic theory posited by robert warshow in his essay the westerner, itemizes the elements necessary for a film to belong to the genre of the western most contentiously, he mandates that the narrative focus upon the. While it is difficult to ascertain exactly how an 'oblique' analysis of film would proceed, the editors of cahiers [du cinéma's] essay on john ford's this text would seem to be exemplary of žižek's contention that a sustained and explicit consideration of lacan was in fact missing from 60s and 70s film theory. Like hawks, ford moved easily among genres and excelled at least once in every one he touched he made arguably the greatest war film ever, the underrated they were expendable, and the greatest western, the man who shot liberty valance (or stagecoach or my darling clementine) he also pulled.
The good-natured drunk is another common but insidiously pernicious role model in the western genre for example, in john ford's epic film stagecoach, dr josiah boone (thomas mitchell) is a loveable but drunken physician who spends almost all of his time at the local saloon, helplessly inebriated the film opens with a. Genre theory and john ford's stagecoach essay 1964 words | 8 pages other elements expected by the western viewer include the importance of the vast landscape in relation to the men upon it the figures of the morally ambiguous marshall, the cultured eastern lady, the understanding yet fallen prostitute and the bad.
Films by legendary western directors like john ford and anthony mann were transformed by filmmakers like clint eastwood and don siegel classic films the latest exploration of the genre is the philosophy of the western, an anthology of essays edited by jennifer l mcmahon and b steve csaki that. In 1939, stagecoach elevated the western genre to a-picture respectability (and made john wayne a major star) during the as much a portrait of ford and a critical essay, this interview (some of which takes place on set during filming) cracks through the filmmaker's considerable defenses the second. Stagecoach is a 1939 american western film directed by john ford, starring claire trevor and john wayne in his breakthrough role the screenplay, written by dudley nichols, is an adaptation of the stage to lordsburg, a 1937 short story by ernest haycox the film follows a group of strangers riding on a stagecoach.