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Monument Valley: John Ford Country (2006)

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This documentary short is as restful as a burning Yule Log DVD . . .
31 October 2015 | by (The Gutters of Baltimore) – See all my reviews

. . . and about as enlightening. Since I watched it BEFORE my first-ever viewing of FORT APACHE, I'd guess it's fair to say that MONUMENT VALLEY: JOHN FORD COUNTRY contains some spoilers about the FORT APACHE feature film (but NOT about STAGECOACH, MY DARLING CLEMENTINE, RIO GRANDE, THE SEARCHERS, or CHEYENNE AUTUMN, Mr. Ford's other Westerns shot in Monument Valley). This behind-the-scenes retrospective does not mention whether or not Monument Valley is now a national park or monument (if the latter, its name would be Monument Valley National Monument). Should this striking wasteland not be an American set-aside yet, it surely will be, as every new president declares several additional monuments, and the pickings are starting to get pretty slim. (If it came down to Love Canal, Three Mile Island, or Monument Valley, I--for one--certainly would vote for the latter choice.) This valley already might be part of the Navajo Nation, but there's no reason why a park cannot have dual citizenship (as is already the case with Glacier National Park, among others). Seeing as how Native American Olympian Jim Thorpe's family just lost their court case seeking to bring his remains back to Indian Country from Pennsylvania, perhaps Mr. Ford's family would allow the late director to be re-interred in "John Ford Country" to sort of balance things out.


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