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M. Ted (inactive) John Ford: Movie Music (42) RE: John Ford: Movie Music 25 Oct 00

Some of his titles were even folksongs--"My Darling Clementine" and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"--and who can forget the wonderful Welsh mens chorus singing that ran through "How Green Was My Valley"--

"Stagecoach" is filled with "I'm Going to Leave Old Texas Now"--

Ford was unquestionably one of the greatest of the great filmakers--he directed more that 140 films--but the music technique was really an extension of the device that was used in silent movies, of playing a bit of a familiar melody to underscore the action on the screen--the leitmotif, almost, anyway. They do use this today, except that they use familiar recordings instead of just the melodies, and the material is selected with the idea that it should be familiar to the demographic group that the film was aimed at, and that they should then want to buy the soundtrack album--This really is not the same thing, at least artistically, though--

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