Print the Legend: Politics, Culture, and Civic Virtue in the Films of John Ford

Author:   Sidney A. Pearson, Jr. ,  John Marini ,  Brigid McMenamin ,  David K. Nichols
Publisher:   Lexington Books
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9780739135631


Pages:   206
Publication Date:   16 June 2009
Format:   Paperback
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In Print the Legend: Politics, Culture, and Civic Virtue in the Films of John Ford, a collection of writers explore Ford's view of politics, popular culture, and civic virtue in some of his best films: Drums Along the Mohawk, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Stagecoach, How Green Was My Valley, and The Last Hurrah. John Ford, more than most motion picture directors, invites his viewers into a serious discussion of these themes. For instance, one can consider Plato's timeless question What is justice? in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, vengeance as classical Greek tragedy in The Searchers, or ethnic politics in The Last Hurrah. Ford's films never grow stale or seem dated because he continually probes the most important questions of our civic culture: what must we do to survive, prosper, pursue happiness, and retain our common decency as a regime? Further, viewing them from a distance of time, we are subtly invited to ask whether anything has been lost or gained since Ford celebrated the civic virtues of an earlier America. Is Ford's America an idealized America or a lost America?

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Author:   Sidney A. Pearson, Jr. ,  John Marini ,  Brigid McMenamin ,  David K. Nichols
Publisher:   Lexington Books
Imprint:   Lexington Books
Dimensions:   Width: 15.60cm , Height: 1.20cm , Length: 23.20cm
Weight:   0.322kg
ISBN:  

9780739135631


ISBN 10:   0739135635
Pages:   206
Publication Date:   16 June 2009
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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As we are on the threshold today of what may prove to be revolutionary changes in the American regime, it is entirely fitting that Sidney Pearson calls our attention back to the cultural revolution of the 1960s, by way of looking to the director whose films most effectively and artfully probed the issues at stake in America's cultural revolution from the perspective of heroic America. It is also fitting that Pearson approaches the films of such a great director with such a talented lineup of essayists, including some of our most interesting commentators on political philosophy and culture. For all who admire Ford's work, and especially for those of us who draw on it in our courses, this is an important and compelling collection.--Pestritto, Ronald J.


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Sidney A. Pearson, Jr. is professor emeritus of political science at Radford University and editor of The Constitutional Polity: Essays on the Founding Principles of American Politics.

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