Directed by John Ford, Updated

DATELINE:  America’s Master Director

Johns Wayne & Ford

Johns Wayne & Ford

A documentary on the career of American film master John Ford really came about shortly before he died in 1971. A few years ago, Turner Classic Movies produced an update with newer interviews to go along with the original insights into Hollywood contrarian Ford.

This is one of those documentaries that will send you scurrying to watch the classics of the past: Directed by John Ford.

The result is to bring back Peter Bogdanovich decades later, with other modern masters like Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorcese, and Steven Spielberg, noting the importance of Ford to history.

The original narrator was Orson Welles—and his voiceovers continue with some amusing anecdotes added by Bogdanovich.

The heart of the film is always the clips of an endless 140-movie filmography of sheer brilliance, legendarily American.

We could fill the page with notable titles to remind you of what you have missed or should see again. If John Wayne, James Stewart, and Henry Fonda, are not enough, you might also ask Maureen O’Hara, another staple of his movie stock company of actors.

Use of musical motifs transcend his films whether set in Ireland or the Old West. His panoramas and vistas show invariably minor characters against the progression of history. And, Ford covered it all: from Revolutionary War, Old West, to World War II, as settings.

His films have composition that give peace and still-life of painting with deep emotional wallops. Color movies only gave his canvas more depth, but black and white looks documentarian.

Spielberg, among others, give more than cursory interviews. You have here insights into what challenge there was working with a genius of the first order: the belligerent, irascible curmudgeon who was John Ford.

For Vince Wilfork, It’s a Wonderful Life


Vince Wilfork is beloved. You can bet your wonderful life on it.

Sometimes it takes adversity to make it visible. We recall the ending of a desperate time for George Bailey in the timeworn classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life.

Wilfork’s fate may seem like a sappy James Stewart movie we’ve seen too many times, but it now looks like an episode of This is Your Life, Vince Wilfork. Patriot Nation has gathered around him to send their support and love for the good nature he has shared with all his fans.

If ever a man turned the tables and became a guardian angel to his Patriot teammates, it is Big Vince. Now he has taken on the role of patient with a serious injury.

His surgery is no secret Patriot maneuver as he sent out a tweet and a picture from his hospital bed. He does not play those secret spy games like George Smiley in Bill Belichick’s world of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Patriot.

Wilfork’s thumbs are up in his Twitpic.

Even the dour Bill Belichick spoke in reverential tones on what a great person and player Wilfork has been over the years. If we didn’t know better, Belichick is like the old pharmacist in It’s A Wonderful Life. He knows Vince has saved his team more than once.

Wilfork will not play again until next season, but we sincerely hope that the prognosis by Christmas will warm all our hearts—even the cold monetary front office of the Patriots under Robert Kraft.

The owner likely plays Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore) in this version. Vince’s contract is up, and the Patriots in their classic attitude will likely dump him, rather than keep him on their roster.

Potter was the mercenary old curmudgeon who took only pleasure out of the dismal evil that befalls good people. It’s sort of like how the Krafts behaved, causing Wes Welker to bolt.

We want Vince Wilfork back and healthy too. We urge his guardian angel to work overtime on this.

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