Saturday, February 1, 2014

Happy birthday, film director John Ford

It is the birthday of acclaimed Hollywood director John Ford (1894), who is considered one of the best film directors of all time. He won six Academy Awards, four of them for best director. Those films included The Informer (1935), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), and The Quiet Man (1952). He also won for the documentary feature The Battle of Midway (1942) and for the documentary short December 7th (1943). His admirers include Ingmar Bergman, who called him the best director in the world, Frank Capra, Federico Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Elia Kazan, David Lean, Sergio, Leone, Jean Renoir, Martin Scorsese, Stephen Spielberg, Fran├žois Truffaut, Orson Welles, and Wim Wenders. Here is a fascinating 1968 BBC interview with him.

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