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Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford

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A book by Scott Eyman

Borrowing his title from dialogue in John Ford's classic Western,The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance("When the legend becomes fact, print the legend"), Scott Eyman heeds this advice in his splendid study of Ford, finding a convincing balance between the … see full wiki

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Author: Scott Eyman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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  • Jan 9, 2000
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I was eager to read this biography because I have seen most of the films directed by John Ford and was interested in knowing more about "his life and times." I learned a great deal. Eyman provides a wealth of information. However, given Richard Schickel's observation that Ford was a director who "delighted in in cruelty, publicly humiliating his casts and crews, a man who carried petty grudges for punishing decades and someone whose wihdrawals and silences profoundly damaged his family," I had hoped that Eyman would explain the reasons for so many of Ford's failed human relationships. Perhaps the title of one of my favorite Ford films -- They Were Expendable -- suggests one of them. Does Eyman agree with Schickel? Even if he does, he fails to reveal in this otherwise solid biography what Schickel calls "the complicated truth" about John Ford.

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