An analysis of the movie the man who shot liberty valance

Valance continues to menace the town. Ford, who has struck more gold in the West than any other film-maker, also has mined a rich vein here," but opined that the film "bogs down" once Stoddard becomes famous, en route to "an obvious, overlong and garrulous anticlimax.

On the train back to Washington, Stoddard suggests leaving political life — after passing an irrigation bill — and returning to live in Shinbone.

My roots are here…I guess my heart is here. Paramount was cutting costs. The belief that he shot and killed Valance — far from establishing his credentials — serves as the sole barrier to his nomination; allowing those opposing him to cast him as heedless and blood-stained.

Stewart replied, "It looks a bit Uncle Remussy to me. He is halted by Doniphon, who reveals that it was he — hidden in an alleyway across the street — who shot and killed Valance. Smith Goes to Washington, from Multiple stories and speculations exist to explain this decision.

What should have been left to enthrall the imagination is spelled out until there is nothing left to savor or discuss. Stoddard is recovered by Tom Doniphon Waynea rancher, and taken to the local eating establishment, the home of Hallie and her Swedish parents, Peter and Nora Ericson.

He takes a gun and waits for Valance in the street. It is interesting in this respect to briefly consider the relationships certain directors have shared with their leading men. This political change implicates for Ford other themes and other contests: Ford had to accept those terms or not make the film.

He refuses to follow the law and does what he pleases. This reflects the nature of the film as well as the equal stature of its two stars.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

He tries to change the town of Shinbone and instill a system of justice and law. Stoddard realises himself that Valance may continue to define him: However, what we are shown during the convention challenges such a straightforward reading.

Stewart has a prejudice against Negroes, but I just wanted you all to know about it. While Ransom is a big provider of narrative in the movie, it can also be seen around all of the violent confrontation between Liberty Valance and his gang and the townspeople.

Bacharach informed us that the film just came out. Thus Stoddard concludes his recollection and we return to the present day. Scott of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "Director Ford is guilty of a few lengthy, slow periods in his story-telling, but for the most part the old, reliable Ford touches are there.

Carey is perhaps best known today for playing the President of the Senate in the James Stewart-led Mr. Tags from the story. Liberty Valance is another character who is separated by his bold and violent actions. The second element of Western movies is the presence of narratives that follow some version of a quest into the natural world.

He told Bogdanovich that he used the theme in both films to evoke repressed desire and lost love. We both gotta be professionals. It would, in a word, render us guilty of printing a narrow legend.

He works washing dishes and waiting tables in their eatery, and establishes a daily school to teach the locals, including Hallie, how to read and write. This deeply-felt remark is more ambiguous than it may first appear: Somehow — despite a lack of technique embarrassingly demonstrated earlier by Doniphon — and despite faltering with his weapon, Stoddard triumphs, with Valance shot dead.

The development of this relationship is complex. Perhaps this is how Ford and Wayne would have seen the film; perhaps this is the reading Ford endeavoured to provide.The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance was the second Ford movie each for Vera Miles (The Searchers) and Jeanette Nolan (Two Rode Together).

Miles was the sister of the murdered Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (), for which Nolan supplied the voice (uncredited) of Mrs. Bates. An analysis of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, directed by John Ford, starring James Stewart and John Wayne.

I examine the film's complex heroism. In The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, all of the fundamental elements of Western movies can be easily seen.

The first element requires the movie to have characters whose physical and mental toughness separate them from the crowds of modern civilization. Tom Doniphon stands out as being tough and a little rough around the edges/5(1).

Western and the Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

An Analysis of the Film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance by John Ford. Rance then confesses to a reporter that he was not the one that had killed Liberty Valance rather it had been Doniphon who had been hiding and shot Liberty to save Ransom's face.

He had fought a fight for Rance and in the process lost his one true love and made Rance look like the hero at his own expense, abandoning himself to lead a lonely and miserable life.

Dec 28,  · Beginning with "Stagecoach" (), continuing from through with the Cavalry Trilogy ("Fort Apache," "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" and "Rio Grande"), and finally to and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," together in 10 features they largely formed the templates of the Hollywood Western.

Of these "Liberty Valance" was the most pensive and thoughtful.4/4.

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