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<i>The Hidden Story</i>

Master thesis
Dimensions : 20,5 x 28 cm
Pages : 101

The Hidden Story proposes a complete rethinking of the political role of the Western based on an analysis of John Ford’s talking westerns.

In his classic post-war westerns, the director depicts a fractured America that is infected by racism, misogyny and opportunism. He describes a schizophrenic nation where minorities are scorned.
By examining the ways in which Ford manipulates the depiction of Monument Valley’s landscape, this essay explores the filmmaker’s engagement in revealing a hidden dimension of the falsified history of the conquest of the West.
This research analyzes the narrative elements that Ford exploits from 1939 onwards to denounce the violence of colonization that is usually overlooked in the narratives of the founding of the American nation.

This project was realized at the HEAD – Geneva. It was supervised by Alexandra Midal.
Special thanks to: Alexandra Midal, El Ultimo Grito, Arno Mathies and Emma Pflieger.
The edition was printed in November 2020 at HEAD – Geneva. It was produced in 10 copies.
Photo credits: © Tanguy Benoit