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How the West Was Sung : Music in the Westerns of John Ford,9780520252349

How the West Was Sung : Music in the Westerns of John Ford

Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 9/17/2007
Publisher(s): INGRAM
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James Stewart once said, "For John Ford, there was no need for dialogue. The music said it all." This lively, accessible study is the first comprehensive analysis of Ford's use of music in his iconic westerns. Encompassing a variety of critical approaches and incorporating original archival research, Kathryn Kalinak explores the director's oft-noted predilection for American folk song, hymnody, and period music. What she finds is that Ford used music as more than a stylistic gesture. In fascinating discussions of Ford's westerns--from silent-era features such as "Straight Shooting "and "The Iron Horse "to classics of the sound era such as "My Darling Clementine "and "The Searchers "--Kalinak describes how the director exploited music, and especially song, in defining the geographical and ideological space of the American West.

Author Biography

Kathryn Kalinak is Professor of English and Film Studies at Rhode Island College and author of Settling the Score: Music and the Classical Hollywood Film

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
How the West Was Sung: Music in the Life and Films of John Fordp. 9
Hearing the Music in John Ford's Silents: The Iron Horse and 3 Bad Menp. 23
"Based on American Folk Songs": Scoring the West in Stagecoachp. 49
Two Fordian Film Scores: My Darling Clementine and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valancep. 76
"Western as Hell": 3 Godfathers and Wagon Masterp. 100
"The Girl I Left Behind Me": Men, Women, and Ireland in the Cavalry Trilogyp. 122
"What Makes a Man to Wander": The Searchersp. 158
In the Shadow of The Searchers: Two Rode Together and Sergeant Rutledgep. 181
Cheyenne Autumn: A Conclusionp. 194
Notesp. 203
Select Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 241
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