Today, quotes by John Ford. One of the greatest directors who ever lived. Enjoy them! He is tremendously funny.
John Ford was born in Maine in 1894 and he died in California in 1973 (R.I.P.). His older brother Francis Ford was also a filmmaker, a contemporary of Griffith. Ford directed 140 movies and won more Best Director Oscars than anyone else – four.
I didn’t show up at the ceremony to collect any of my first three Oscars. Once I went fishing, another time there was a war on, and on another occasion, I remember, I was suddenly taken drunk.
How did I get to Hollywood? By Train. John Ford
It is easier to get an actor to be a cowboy than to get a cowboy to be an actor.
Directing is not a mystery, it’s not an art. The main thing about directing is: photograph the people’s eyes.
For a director there are commercial rules that it is necessary to obey. In our profession, an artistic failure is nothing; a commercial failure is a sentence. The secret is to make films that please the public and also allow the director to reveal his personality.
[on Native American Indians] We’ve treated them badly, it’s a blot on our shield; we’ve robbed, cheated, murdered and massacred them, but they kill one white man and God, out come the troops.
My name’s John Ford. I make Westerns. I don’t think there’s anyone in this room who knows more about what the American public wants than Cecil B. DeMille — and he certainly knows how to give it to them…. [looking at DeMille] But I don’t like you, C.B. I don’t like what you stand for and I don’t like what you’ve been saying here tonight.
I am a liberal Democrat and a rebel.