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Calendar, Night&Day Quiet on the Set

Quiet on the Set

John Ford was an early practitioner of silent cinema’s straight-ahead narratives, moving up as a journeyman in cowboy movies to a respected spot as a staff director at William Fox’s Fox Studios by 1927. But the studio had greater ambitions…
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Culture, Stage 'Tis Pity She's a Bore

'Tis Pity She's a Bore

John Ford's 1630 revenge play, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, rages with enough blood, lust, and retribution to make the dictator of a small Third World nation look like a saint. Poison flows, siblings have sex, and a sweet old…
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Culture, Stagecap

This Whore is good filthy fun

John Ford's 17th-century tragedy 'Tis Pity She's a Whore takes an exuberant interest in taboo and revenge. It isn't a prim play. The plot concerns a coquettish maiden who gets knocked up by her amorous brother; at show's end, the…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Cellar Beware

Cellar Beware

The Girl Next Door (Anchor Bay) If the horror of Saw was a poblano pepper, this here is the habañero. Derived from Jack Ketchum's infamous novel, sometimes word-for-word, The Girl Next Door — based on a true story — is…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Ford Tough

Ford Tough

The John Wayne/John Ford Film Collection (Warner Bros.) Featuring the most epic pairing of director and actor in Hollywood history, this 10-disc box spews machismo all over. Wayne and Ford defined not only the western and war-movie genres, but also…
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Film, Have Gun, Will Space Travel

Have Gun, Will Space Travel

Serenity, Joss Whedon's big-screen spinoff of the 2002 TV show Firefly, which didn't even last a dozen episodes, is already a cult phenom well before its opening. The show's DVD box set lines the shelf of every fanboy who dreamed…
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Film, Reel World

Wagon Master

Wagon Master John Ford directed more than 140 films and produced another 70; his place in movie history is secure. But the filmmaker's contribution to American culture hasn't been properly acknowledged, asserts Joseph McBride, author of a painstakingly researched biography,…
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The Grapes of Wrath

"There's a white riot going on in Congress," Bruce Springsteen said at Neil Young's Bridge School benefit concert last month, just before he dedicated the title track of his new album to Newt Gingrich. "It's going to make this country…
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