Time is one of the key leitmotifs of Ford's work, usually portrayed as a heartless, impartial existential agent that devastates everything in its wake; communities, families, dreams, relationships, vigor, love and even life itself. Oddly, this manifestation of time's brutal effects is most powerfully shown in "How Green Was My Valley" (1941) and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", the first considered Ford's most populist masterpiece and the second his truly last great film.
Personally, I find it hard to believe how much time has flown and what has happened in that deceivingly short span. Four years since I began work on Poet in the Desert and just two months since it was released. Like a true Fordian character (despite my handicap of not being born Irish) I do not blindly move into the future but try to always keep something of the past alive and let it act as a bridge between what was, what is and what will be.
One of the many rewards of the past few months is connecting with fellow travelers on the Ford road and discovering the other folk out there on fire with a love of Ford's work and vision and endeavoring to put the word out in so many ways. Happily, I connected with April Lane who runs the awesome website "Directed by John Ford" (www.directedbyjohnford.com). April's site is tremendously informative with a surfeit of intelligent writing, great photos and interviews and resources keeping all Fordophiles abreast of all events pertaining to the man and his work.