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THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (1962) 123m

“One of Ford’s least typical westerns- a film of darkness and interiors…probably more close-ups in Liberty Valance than in all of Ford’s 1940s westerns combined.”

-Joseph McBride

NARRATIVE CONSIDERATIONS:

-“This is the West…When the legend becomes fact, print the legend!”

Fact / Legend ?

Wilderness / Garden?

Savagery/ Civilization?

Cactus / Rose?

-The stock company revisited (half the Jorgensons; Buck and Hatfield, etc.)

STYLISTIC CONSIDERATIONS:

-Some lighting gems recalling My Darling Clementine’s sun rising at the OK Corral:

-Peabody turning on lamp at office and revealing Valance and his minions

-Match lighting and match-cutting

-Iron Horse opening and closing shots

-Affectatious acting and B-movie exterior sets?

Pining for Monument Valley – the true “garden”