While John Ford (1894-1973) remains one of the most influential and revered directors in film history, he is also one of the most frequently misunderstood. One widespread assumption is that he was almost exclusively a man's director, dismissive of, or at best not well attuned to, the stories, perspectives and concerns of women.
Boldly challenging such an assumption, this book gives readers a richer understanding of the director's view of the world and of the women as well as the men who inhabit it. Taking a fresh look at dozens of Ford films, both familiar favourites and under appreciated gems, it focuses on the complex and diverse female characters in them as well as the actresses who so ably told their stories.
A lifelong student of films, David Meuel has also published more than 100 poems, numerous short stories, and hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from theatre to U.S. national parks, to writing and speaking for business. He lives in Menlo Park, California.