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Cheyenne Autumn
Cheyenne Autumn
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5.0 out of 5 stars A moving account of the American Indians., July 27 2000
This review is from: Cheyenne Autumn (VHS Tape)
John Ford was once accused of killing more Indians than the US Cavalry.
True Ford fans know Ford *always* respected the Native American in his films. His films did not take the "savage" approach to the American Indian, but always treated the tribes as the professional light cavalry that they were.
Still, in this movie, Cheyenne Autumn, he dramatically shows the plight of the Native Americans, and the two-faced and uncaring U.S. Government. This story is the epic tale of the remaining Cheyenne warriors, driven from their homes into a reservation far from where they belonged, and then ignored by a government who consigned them to poverty and betrayal.
Beautifully photographed, as all John Ford movies were, this is a different sort of Western, but one that is nevertheless well worth watching. It stars some non-Indian "stars" in some Indian
parts, but it dramatically addresses the plight of the American Indian tribes. As in most Ford westerns, Navajo tribespeople stood in for their Cheyenne brothers.

The Deer on a Bicycle: Excursions into the Writing of Humor
The Deer on a Bicycle: Excursions into the Writing of Humor
by Patrick F. McManus
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your normal McManus book, March 15 2000
Potential purchasers of this excellent book should understand that this is not your normal Patrick McManus book. This book is *not* a collection of McManus stories, although some stories are used to illustrate concepts. Rather, this is an excellent book on the craft and art of humor writing. For people just interested in McManus' writing, this might be somewhat of the "magic behind the magician" variety...sometimes, you don't want to know how the feat is accomplished. For writers, or anyone who wants to know how Pat got into the business, and how he manages to keep at the top, this is an excellent book.

John Ford: Hollywood’s Old Master
John Ford: Hollywood’s Old Master
by Ronald L. Davis
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but misses the real genius, Dec 30 1997
Although this book does a reasonable job of delivering the essential information about one of Hollywood's great directors, it spends too much effort attempting to analyze the dark side of John Ford, and too little time dealing with the art he created. The author speculates on Ford's drinking, his sexuality, and his family problems. If you want to know Ford's work, don't buy this one or two of his movies, instead....or buy Harry Carry Jr's book, or Peter Bogdanovich's book.

Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company
Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company
by Harry Carey
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Stuff!, Dec 30 1997
This is a heartwarming biographical sketch of not only the film work of John Ford, but of John Wayne, Ward Bond, and others. I've read other books about Ford, but this ranks tops in my estimation. He tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, but does it in a human way.

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