In 'historical' films by most other great directors, the heroes succeed by taking charge of history. Ford's characters are caught up by history, and swept along by it. Gil is a civilian soldier fighting for simple survival, not fervent patriotism. When their new flag is raised, Gil and Lana stare at it without perceiving exactly what it means. Patriotic music swells on the soundtrack, but they exit to return to their work. There's a lot of acreage to be cleared and cultivated between the Mohawk Valley and the Pacific Ocean, and the implication is that Americans will get the job done.
Nice review of a great movie. It has all of Ford's usual touches, but transposed to a somewhat unusual setting (time and place), which gives it an almost surreal quality, like a dream. Ford, more than most other directors I can think of, creates worlds which you inhabit alongside the characters - the plot is only what happens while you're there.
Hi, MovieMan, thanks for commenting. I especially like your view that, \"Ford, more than most other directors I can think of, creates worlds which you inhabit alongside the characters - the plot is only what happens while you're there.\"That's as good as assessment of Ford's work as any I've ever read. I don't know if Ford was as comfortable with the colonial period as he was with the Old West, but his effort was a good one here.
Walter D. Edmonds wrote about the area of upstate New York, and detailed the lives of pioneer farmers along the Mohawk River during the American Revolution. Edmonds wrote \"The Matchlock Gun,\" which was about a 10-year-old boy defending his home against Indians in colonial New York, and won the Newbery Medal for Children's Literature in 1942. He also wrote about four women captives of Indians in 1778 in his 1947 book \"In the Hands of the Senecas\". Edmonds' books are considered the richest body of fiction about the time and region since the works of James Fenimore Cooper.
I have loved American history all my life. I thought I knew the events and key figures in the American Revolution. Then, in 2001, I learned about Dr. Joseph Warren. The more I learned, the more I wanted to tell his story. I travelled to Boston. I walked the Freedom Trail. I followed the red bricks that wind through historic Boston until they end at Bunker Hill. I saw the marble statue of Dr. Warren at Bunker Hill honoring his death. His influence and footprints are on every location along the Freedom Trail. My passion is to tell his story; my hope is that all Americans can remember his sacrifice. 781b155fdc