Sunday, November 18, 2012

Steven Spielberg & John Ford

I saw Lincoln ( 2012) yesterday and it is one of the finest movies ever made about  the person in American History I admire this most. It was long overdue that a new movie be make on Abraham Lincoln the greatest of American Presidents. Thank you Steven Spielberg! Your are continuing the work of Director John Ford in bringing history to the cinema in a real and meaningful way. I won't give my review of Lincoln other than I will get it on Blu-ray.  Ir brought to life a portion of the life of Abraham Lincoln and should get Best Picture, Best Director for Spielberg,  Best Actor for Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln, Best Actress for Sally Field, as Mary Lincoln, Best Supporting Actor, for David Strathairn as William Seward, and Best Cinematography for Janusz Kaminski, plus Academy Awards for others who contributed to this masterpiece.

This film joins a body of work of Spielberg that taken as a whole covers the sweep of history. Such films as:

Empire of the Sun (1978) World War II in Asia

Schindler's List (1993) World War II

Armistad (1997) 1839 America and Slavery

Saving Private Ryan (1998) D-Day and World War II

Band of Brother (2001) World War II in Europe. Producer

Into the West (2005) The American West

Flags of Our Fathers (2006) World War II in the Pacific. Producer

The Pacific (2010) World War II. Producer

War Horse (2011) World War I

Lincoln (2012) American Civil War & ending slavery

Director John Ford did the same thing a generation before with such films as:

The Iron Horse (1924) Building the transcontinental rail road

Prisoner of Shark Island (1936)  post Lincoln assassination

Mary of Scotland (1936)

Stagecoach (1939) the American West

Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) American Revolutionary War

The Grapes of Wrath (1940) The American Depression

How Green Was My Valley (1941) turn of the twentieth century in the South Wales coalfield

World War II Documentaries ( December 7th , Battle of Midway, & Torpedo Squadron"

They Were Expendable (1942) American PT Boats in the defense of the Philippines in World War II

My Darling Clementine (1946) The gunfight at the OK Corral

Fort Apache (1948) The U.S. Cavalry  in the American West

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) the U.S. Cavalry in the American West

Rio Grande (1949) the last of the U.S. Cavalry Trilogy.

The Quiet Man (1952) Ireland

The Long Gray Line (1955) West Point

The Searchers (1956) The American West

The Last Hurrah (1958) Boston Politics

The Horse Soldiers (1959) the American Civil War

Sergeant Rutledge (1960) Race relations in the American West post Civil War

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) the ending of the American West

How the West Was Won (1962) the battle of Shiloh during the American Civil War

Cheyenne Autumn (1964) The treatment of American Indians in the West.

When Spielberg was a teenager he met Director John Ford and here is a video of Spielberg talking about it: