It is hard to believe that it was seventy five years ago that John Steinbeck’s award-winning The Grapes of Wrath was published. It was only a year after the book’s publication that John Ford released his film adaptation of the novel following a bidding war over the novel rights between film production companies that 20th Century Fox won.
One event of great interest in relation to this film will be a gala event held by the School of Arts and Humanities and the Public History Institute at California State University Bakersfield. The celebration is in honour of the 75th Anniversary of Steinbeck’s novel and will be hold on February 7th at the Fox Theatre. The program will consist of a concert by country music artist Dave Alvin as well as a screening of John Ford’s 1939 film, The Grapes of Wrath.
According to Dr. Richard Collins, Dean of the CSUB School of Arts and Humanities, “The Grapes of Wrath depicts a lot of hardships that are still seen in today’s society, especially in the central valley.” He continued, “I invite everyone to come out not to celebrate the hardships, but to celebrate the art, the history, and the memories, and to commemorate and say, let’s not forget. It’s a sense that we have been somewhere and that we still have somewhere to go, things to achieve.”
For more information, see http://www.onebakersfield.com/2014/01/csub-hosts-celebration-event-honoring-75th-anniversary-of-the-grapes-of-wrath/
Major film directors from a variety of genres, including Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorcese and Steven Spielberg, have named John Ford as an influence on their work. Now it seems John Ford has become an influence in television also.
Vince Gilligan is the creator of Breaking Bad, the Emmy award-winning show which recently won two Golden Globes for Best Actor in a TV Series and Best TV series.
In an interview with Rolling Stone last week, Gilligan said that “With giant, wide TVs, you get to frame and emulate John Ford or Sergio Leone and, in the case of Breaking Bad, you can place characters in an endless expanse of Mexico prairie which gets to look very painterly and cinematic. That's a wonderful development.”
Gilligan stated this in reference to his enthusiasm of how bigger television screens have changed the way stories are told on TV shows, allowing for more vision. He seems to indicate that the bigger the screen, the better one can emulate, and indeed experience, Ford’s scope and vision.
To read the full interview, see: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/vince-gilligan-talks-favorite-tv-technologies-at-ces-20140107
Joseph McBride's new book, 'Into the Nightmare: My Search for the Killers of President John F. Kennedy and Officer J.D. Tippit'
Joseph McBride new book, 'Into the Nightmare: My Search for the Killers of President John F. Kennedy and Officer J. D. Tippit'. Joseph was just in Dublin to give the keynote address at the recent second annual John Ford Ireland Film Symposium. Joseph was a volunteer in JFK's 1960 Wisconsin presidential primary campaign and has studied the assassination since minutes after it happened in 1963. He launched his own personal investigation of the case in 1982, and his thirty-one-year work on it has turned up many fresh and surprising revelations.
The book is now available on Amazon.com in the U.S.
Joseph McBride appeared (Thursday 18 July 2013 at 4pm) on Newstalk Radio Ireland 106-108fm to talk about his new book. Listen back here (interview starts 07:19)
- Pulitzer Prize-winner Frankel to recount ‘The Searchers’ history at Symposium
- Award-winning British cinematographer Sean Bobbitt to give an exclusive masterclass this Saturday 8th June at John Ford Ireland Symposium
- Top Producer Andrew Eaton to shine light on links between Ford and Lindsay Anderson
- John Ford Ireland Film Symposium 6 - 9 June 2013, Dublin