HOW TO MAKE A MOVIE WESTERN
Here’s a YouTube video which includes the most famous scene in John Ford’s classic Western, “My Darling Clementine.” No, it’s not a gunfight.
Note the patience Ford has in developing the scene, to derive maximum impact when the “action” begins. Marvelous pacing. Note also the humanity of Henry Fonda’s portrayal of Wyatt Earp. John Ford presented characters, not caricatures. A far cry from what we’re subjected to in today’s movies.
(My new ebook, on the Western film genre, should be out this weekend. It discusses scores of Westerns, some as good as this one and others not.)