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Ezekiel Steiner posts a message on 11/7/2005 12:09:48 AM
Ford also uses nature in a strongly symbolic way. The elements reflect a character's inner state, embody a moral conflict, and communicate mood on a nonverbal level. Ezekiel
Ezekiel Steiner posts a message on 11/7/2005 12:07:52 AM
The human beings in Ford's films are defined by their will to overcome all obstacles, and it is that commitment rather than the success or failure of their efforts which gives them value. The films make use of the small customs and rituals, developed over generations, and show how important they are and how they bind men together. Rough humor, dancing, liquor, physical activity (though not competition), and the occasional fist fight provide safe outlets for personal and group frustration. That money corrupts above all, and one's attitude toward money tells us what one is. John Ford brings a consistent view of life to his films, and he utilizes gesture as well as plot and dialogue to illustrate it. Ezekiel Steiner