New Books Network 2023
Orson Welles watched one film over and over as he created Citizen Kane--this one. If there's a movie that works as a clinic on how to create tension, suggest character, manage exposition, and entertain a viewer, it's John Ford's Stagecoach (1939). Join Mike and Dan for a conversation about all the things the film does so well, how Thomas Mitchell as Doc Boone works as the movie's bellwether, and where Dallas and Ringo need to go to escape from the blessings of civilization. Alien, Arrested Development, and Seinfeld also come into the discussion. So drink a pot of black coffee, sober up, and give it a listen!
The definitive biography of John Ford--Joseph McBride's Searching for John Ford--can be found here.