The Hidden Story

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<i>The Hidden Story</i>

Explore the narrative elements that John Ford exploits as early as 1939 to denounce the violence of colonization usually overlooked in stories of the conquest of the West.



Master Thesis. Front and back cover.

Technicals specifications:

Master Thesis.
Under the direction of Alexandra Midal.
Dimensions: 20,5 x 28 cm.
101 pages.

The Hidden Story proposes a complete rethinking of the political role of the western based on an analysis of the lines of force of John Ford’s talking westerns. By trying to establish the ways in which the filmmaker manipulated the representation of the Monument Valley landscape, this essay explores how he endeavors to bring out, within entertainment, a hidden dimension of the falsified history of the conquest of the West in order to re-establish certain necessary truths.



The passage between pages 49 to 52 is a reflection on John Ford’s use of dust clouds to hide the Monument Valley landscape and the horizon line.

At the end of the Second World War, director John Ford’s depict in is talking westerns an America fractured and gangrenous by racism, misogyny and opportunism. He describes a divided nation, sometimes even schizophrenic, where minorities are scorned.


The section between pages 24 to 27 connects forms in the cinematic image with the power of characters.


The section between pages 81 to 85 analyzes the hybridization of Southern and Native American cultures.