John Ford Statue

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Title

John Ford Statue

Description

Ten foot high bronze statue of John Ford sitting in the director's chair. The chair is sitting on top a pile of stones. Around the statue there are granite markers with information about Ford’s movies.

Coverage

Date Created

1993

Medium

Granite
Bronze

Spatial Coverage

Temporal Coverage

1894
1973
1920
1914
1940
1941
1925
1943
1942

Historical Marker Item Type Metadata

Inscription

Statue Base:
DIRECTOR
"I MAKE WESTERNS"

BORN JOHN MARTIN FEENEY 2-1-1894
DIED JOHN FORD 8-31-1973

NATANINEZ "TALL SOLDIER"
THE NAVAJO NATION

MARRIED MARY MCBRYDE SMITH
OF NORTH CAROLINA - 7-3-1920
FROM LAURINBURG N.C.

PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL
CLASS OF 1914

REAR ADMIRAL US NAVY
**

THE GIFT OF THIS STATUE TO THE CITIZENS OF PORTLAND, MAINE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE FORD DESCENDANTS BY MRS. LINDA NOE LANE OF MONROE, LOUISIANA IS IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF HER FRIENDSHIP AND RESPECT FOR MARY AND JOHN FORD
DEDICATED JULY 12, 1998

Granite Markers (one for each movie):

"THE GRAPES OF WRATH"

(1940)
THIS CINEMA MASTERWORK ADAPTED FROM THE JOHN STEINBECK'S NOVEL IS THE DEFINITIVE PORTRAYAL OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION IN AMERICA AND OF THE COMMON MAN'S STRUGGLE.
FORD'S HUMANE CHARACTERIZATION OF THE JOAD FAMILY'S PLIGHT AND TREK TO CALIFORNIA IS PRESENTED IN A DOCUMENTARY STYLE WITH SOCIAL CONCERN AND HOPE FOR "OUR PEOPLE." THE FILM EARNED FORD HIS SECOND ACADEMY AWARD.

"HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY"
(1941)
THE FILM WAS THE RECIPIENT OF SIX OSCARS, INCLUDING BEST PICTURE, AND BEST DIRECTOR. IT WAS A SENTIMENTAL MEMORY STORY OF A WELSH MINING FAMILY AND ITS EVENTUAL DISINTEGRATION.
FORD'S CHOREOGRAPHED SCENES, CHORAL BACKGROUND MUSIC AND RITUALIZED DEPICTION OF FAMILY LOSS AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE MODERN INDUSTRIAL AGE WAS SUPERB.

"THE INFORMER"
(1925)
JOHN FORD RECEIVED HIS FIRST ACADEMY AWARD FOR DIRECTION IN THIS I.R.A. STORY OF FRIENDSHIP, BETRAYAL, GUILT AND REDEMPTION SET IN 1922 IN DUBLIN, IRELAND.
A LANDMARK FILM IN THE EARLY SOUND ERA AND THE FIRST TO WIN 5 MAJOR ACADEMY AWARDS. FORD'S STYLISTIC IMPRESSIONISM WITH ITS USE OF SHADOW, TEMPO AND SUBJECTIVITY MAKE THIS A FILM CLASSIC.

"THE QUIET MAN"
(1925)
JOHN FORD'S COURTSHIP LOVE STORY CELEBRATED THE HERITAGE AND CUSTOMS OF HIS FAMILY'S NATIVE LAND. EARNING HIS SIXTH OSCAR.
WITH MAUREEN O'HARA AND JOHN WAYNE AS ITS PRINCIPAL ACTORS, THE MOVIE WAS GLORIOUSLY FILMED IN TECHNICOLOR AND SCORED WITH TRADITIONAL IRISH SONGS.
THE FILM WAS A JOYOUS RETURN TO THE LAND AND FAMILY AND CONTINUES TO BE HIS MOST POPULAR FILM.

"DECEMBER 7TH"
(1943)
JOHN FORD WON HIS FIFTH OSCAR FOR THIS DOCUMENTARY DETAILING THE UNITED STATES NAVY'S COMEBACK AFTER THE DEVASTATION OF THE JAPANESE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR.
HOMAGE WAS PAID TO THE SOLDIERS FROM DIFFERENT SERVICES, DIFFERENT RACIAL ORIGINS. THE FILM AFFIRMED A "WE ARE ALL AMERICANS" THEME.

"THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY"
(1942)
AS CHIEF OF THE FIELD PHOTOGRAPHIC BRANCH OF THE O.S.S. NAVY COMMANDER JOHN FORD AND HIS CREW WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR FILMING MANY OF THE BATTLES OF WORLD WAR II.
THIS AUTHENTIC STIRRING FILM OF THE BATTLE DOCUMENTING THE TURNING POINT IN THE PACIFIC THEATER. WON THE ACADEMY AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY IT WAS, ACCORDING TO FORD, " A FILM FOR THE MOTHERS OF AMERICA."

Files

DSC_1165.JPG
DSC_1153.JPG
DSC_1155.JPG
DSC_1167.JPG
DSC_1168.JPG
DSC_1156.JPG
DSC_1166.JPG

Citation

George Kelly (sculptor ), “John Ford Statue,” Portland’s Historical Markers, accessed July 16, 2018, http://markers.portlandculturalhistory.org/items/show/23.

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