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

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ISBN-10: 0520252349

ISBN-13: 9780520252349

Edition: 2007

Authors: Kathryn Kalinak

List price: $34.95
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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. Historically and culturally informed, Ford exploited music, and especially song, in defining the geographical and ideological space of the American West. In fascinating discussions of Ford's westerns--from…    
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 271
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

How the West Was Sung: Music in the Life and Films of John Ford
Hearing the Music in John Ford's Silents: The Iron Horse and 3 Bad Men
"Based on American Folk Songs": Scoring the West in Stagecoach
Two Fordian Film Scores: My Darling Clementine and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
"Western as Hell": 3 Godfathers and Wagon Master
"The Girl I Left Behind Me": Men, Women, and Ireland in the Cavalry Trilogy
"What Makes a Man to Wander": The Searchers
In the Shadow of The Searchers: Two Rode Together and Sergeant Rutledge
Cheyenne Autumn: A Conclusion
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