The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance speaks to historical inaccuracies and the success that comes from it. It's also a vicious of Westerns that's ultimately about , and it ends with Wayne's character dying alone and unremembered after succumbing to his alcoholism, while another man and for his final heroic deed. I am in constant awe. The characters in Liberty Valance are the archetypal figures of all Ford westerns brought together for a last reunion, in order that they might be destroyed. The pro-rancher candidate claims to do this. Everything in his life is about to change, and not for the better.
Instead, in the following shot, perhaps the most elaborate in the film, Tom seems almost to move outside of time. Are you talking about the character of Ransom Stoddard or Tom Doniphon? Jerome, I definitely agree with you about the genius of the Dramatica inventors! A train sounds in the distance. They are wonderful, but never perfect. Where Tom sees Liberty Valance as a source of personal conflict, a potential menace to his own well-being, Stoddard can only see Valance as the embodiment of a social evil that must be wiped out through new laws and social reform. For anyone interested, here's my quick analysis, done mostly as an exercise to help better understand the Dramatica theory. It's just the magical 12 questions needed to establish a single story form.
Another approach John Ford uses in this film to suggest progression in the West is to bequeath the idea that the West was not won in violence, but in transformation of morals. And the goal of the Overall Story is never just about the shooting of Liberty Valance, but about bringing the rule of law to the wild West, and whether the rule of law is sufficient to bring and maintain legitimate order. This political change implicates for Ford other themes and other contests: it suggests the potential disenchantment of the individual and the end of rugged heroism; and encourages a questioning of the natures of truth and legend. You went to meet him. Yet on the other hand he dies alone and forgotten while his friend takes the credit even if reluctantly so. It'll show you examples like Annie Hall, Terms of Endearment, The Producers, and about 61 others.
Soon after, in revenge, Valance and his men assault Peabody. Instead it is linked to an ideal, promised or remembered, but always remote and distant, both the sound and the context suggesting the unattainable. My roots are here…I guess my heart is here. The movie adds Pompey and Link Appleyard as major characters, and it expands Ranse's efforts to start a school into a major subplot. The only way for a territory to. He knows he's about to kill a man, save the life of someone he doesn't particularly care for, and lose the woman he loves. In the flashback, Tom had given up the demon drink to stay sober for Hallie's sake.
Both men were in their mid-fifties when the film was made, and the look their age. Hawkins fields, there is the place he makes his own money, and also when he begins his desire to get older, powerful and more respect. He refuses to follow the law and does what he pleases. In the end he is nobody, a dissipated life, a forgotten man. Likewise, if Stoddard appears disconcerted at her enduring feelings for Doniphon, perhaps this is only natural, philosophical and fleeting.
The world of Shinbone is the world of the mundane and the insignificant: men sit around, eat, cook, wash dishes, or give speeches; at the heart of the town is not the saloon with its ritualistic brawls and exciting, impulsive shoot-outs, but the kitchen of the respectable establishment run by a couple of practical minded Swedish immigrants. My strength flags, though, in the face of the latest role assigned to my family in the national drama. In How Green Was My Valley, Ford's adaptation of Llewellyn's novel of Welsh coal miners, the story resembles a dream, seen in retrospect by a man who has had his entire life to romanticize the past: his childhood and his family. A man of action and few words note his instinctive hatred of the rhetoric in the Convention speeches , Doniphon is very much an individual who minds his own business. His presence may be signaled by a sound, as of horses when he arrives at the town meeting, or he may simply materialize, as at the stagecoach hold-up, where he looms up out of a rock formation. Enthused by patriotic zeal, he enlisted himself for the Boer war at 19.
Cochise makes a spirited speech defending his actions about how his people were degraded by the white man a continuing theme that is replayed in the earlier scenes involving the horrible acts done by the settlers store proprietor Meacham. What is more interesting is why the reporter feels he is allowed the information at this specific moment. Stoddard, on the other hand, is of another breed; the movement West, triggered by Greeley, came after the settlers in the wagon trains, and brought with it well-established Eastern customs. Tom soon even begins acting like Valance, tossing around chairs and money, breaking glass, and generally raising hell. Shinbone is the only Western town I've seen in a movie with no prostitutes. Furthermore, Liberty Valance keeps a town oppressed through fear and is hardly valiant, as his last name suggests. From then on, a flashback of events in the Old West begins.
In town, he's nursed back to health by Nora and Peter Ericson, two recent Swedish immigrants who run the local chowhouse. The very fact that the horse has become a prop illustrates how quickly the frontier has passed into history. With John Ford behind the helm, the subversion is even more pronounced. In the brief flashback scene before he kills Liberty, the anguish on his face when he steps out of the shadows is incredibly palpable. I think Lee Marvin was not a convenience for any hero to knock down.