He designates Tom Joad to lead his family down Highway 66, "the main migrant road," which is "the path of a people in flight, refugees from dust and shrinking land, from the thunder of tractors and shrinking ownership, from the desert's slow northward invasion This corresponds to God's promising the Israelites freedom from their misery and then choosing Moses to lead them "into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey" The Holy Bible, Exod.
Ford became a director long before that other great creator of visual beauty on the screen, Josef von Sternbergand his films constitute a parallel tradition to those of Sternberg and his followers. Its index traces out many subjects in Ford, and in which films they occur.
See also his web site.
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I am eager to hear what you think, and how you learned about this site. Subjects Some common characteristics of Ford films: Westerns set in Monument Valley Deliberately set small fires, as a campaign tactic Seas Beneath, Cheyenne Autumn related villain sets big fire: The Lost Patrol, raiders burn arsenal: Wee Willie Winkie, ranch burned: Sergeant Rutledge related signal fires and flares lit at airport: Air Mail, hero burns news story in waste basket: Pilgrimage, ship at end: Mary of Scotland, The Hurricane, merchant ship: They Were Expendable, small British boat evades Nazis: Roberts, boat and waterfront: The Face on the Barroom Floor, small skiff: Four Men and a Prayer, river boat and canoes: Mogambo, hero runs boat-bait-fishing business: Flashing Spikes Parades, with militaristic discipline sailors return after war: The Blue Eagle, regiment: The Black Watch, convicts welcome Tracy, missionaries in street: Up the River, Gold Star mothers enter ship: Wee Willie Winkie, West Point: The Long Gray Line, political: The Last Hurrah, kids march off to war: The Horse Soldiers, marching band at political rally: Bucking Broadway, railroad uniform, baseball, police: Strong Boy, World War I, police: Born Reckless, convicts, guards, Brotherhood of Hope: Up the River, World War I: Air Mail, Army, NY police, stewards, waiters in hotel: Pilgrimage, British in World War I:Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello blew minds on the Magic tour when he joined Bruce and the E Street Band for a scorching "The Ghost of Tom Joad.".
discussion questions for use with any film that is a work of fiction. Checklist of John Ford's themes and techniques, plus in-depth criticism. One of America's foremost photographers, Dorothea Lange (), has too often been viewed through the narrow prism of her best-known work.
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Ma Joad. A determined and loving woman, Ma Joad emerges as the family’s center of strength over the course of the novel as Pa Joad gradually becomes less effective as a leader and provider.