In English Archive 2003-2013

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Names and Naming in John Ford

FEATURE. John Ford is commonly labelled as a ‘visual’ director who was careless about dialogue, even disdainful. However, Ford was not so much careless about words as concerned that they should be trimmed down, and earn their place. Here, Charles Barr argues that names, and acts of naming, are a central thread in his work. Ford is the master not just of the Western, but of the vocative case.