Show Business: Old Master

Orson Welles was once asked which American directors most appealed to him. "The old masters," he replied. "By which I mean John Ford, John Ford and John Ford." Ford, 78, who died of cancer on Aug. 31, was a school of maestros unto himself. Others liked typecasting; Ford preferred archetype casting. Others made films; he made epics. Others debunked the old legends; he treated them seriously. "We've had a lot of people who were supposed to be great heroes," Ford claimed, "and you know damn well they weren't. But it's good for the country...

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