V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

My Darling Clementine

V' 16

My Darling Clementine

John Ford
USA, 1946
106min, OF

Quelle: Österreichisches Filmmuseum Quelle: Österreichisches Filmmuseum Quelle: Österreichisches Filmmuseum

My Darling Clementine

John Ford
USA, 1946
, 106min, OF

Actors: 
Henry Fonda
Wyatt Earp
Linda Darnell
Chihuahua
Victor Mature
Doc Holliday
Walter Brennan
Old Man Clanton
Cathy Downs
Clementine Carter
Ward Bond
Morgan Earp
Screenplay: 
Samuel G. Engel
Winston Miller
Sound: 
Eugene Grossman
Camera: 
Joseph MacDonald
Editor: 
Dorothy Spencer
Composer: 
Cyril J. Mockridge
Decoration: 
James Basevi
Lyle R. Wheeler

Production: 
Twentieth Century Fox
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

Ford’s version of the famous shooting at O.K Corral and his prehistory also tells the story about the change of a pioneer’s society and the fist right to a civil constitutional state. Only this enables Sheriff Wyatt earp to catch up with the modern age and protect the citizens of tombstone so that they can enjoy prosperity and the beginning cultural life in peace.
“Ford takes great liberties with history, bending the story to fit his ideal of the West, a balance of social law and pioneer spirit. Though the film reaches its climax in the legendary gunfight between the earps and the Clantons, the most powerful moment is the moving Sunday morning church social played out on the floor of the unfinished church. As earp dances with Clementine – Fonda’s stiff, self-conscious movements showing a man unaccustomed to such social interaction – Ford’s camera frames them against the open sky: the town and the wilderness merge into the new eden of the West for a brief moment.” (Sean Axmaker)

In the presence of Kenneth Lonergan

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