History Film / TheManWhoShotLibertyValance

29th May '17 9:34:04 AM JulianLapostat
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''Hallie'': ''I did''.

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''Hallie'': '''Hallie''': ''I did''.
29th May '17 9:32:31 AM JulianLapostat
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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: There's some debate among film historians whether the movie was deliberately shot in black-and-white for stylistic reasons (i.e., to emphasize the flashback elements by invoking Ford's earlier work), or else due to a limited budget. Ford, cinematographer William Clothier and others gave conflicting answers over the years.

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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: There's some debate among film historians whether the movie was deliberately shot in black-and-white for stylistic reasons (i.e., to emphasize the flashback elements by invoking Ford's earlier work), or else due to a limited budget. Ford, cinematographer William Clothier and others gave conflicting answers over the years. In a letter to critic Bosley Crowther, Ford said that he was trying to go back to the style of westerns in the silent era which many historians note [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness is so unusual for him]] to explain his intentions, least of all to a lowly critic, (being a TrollingCreator), that it probably was his intention.



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* LoveTriangle

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* LoveTriangleLoveTriangle: Ransom, Hailie and Tom Doniphon. It's played with in that it seems at first that Hailie loves Ransom which she does, [[spoiler:which drives Tom to sacrifice his future for Hailie's. But the final scene implies that years later, Hailie may have loved Tom after all]].
-->'''Ransom''': ''Hallie, who put the rose on Tom's coffin?''\\
''Hallie'': ''I did''.



* PropagandaHero: Ransom Stoddard is for better and worse, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", even if he was pacifist by nature and did not want to shoot Liberty Valance [[spoiler:and ultimately did not shoot Liberty Valance]], that reputation got him into political office and led him to do great deal of good for the lawless town and promote much progress. That myth is so powerful and so important to the town's reputation that the legend has indeed become fact.

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* PropagandaHero: Ransom Stoddard is for better and worse, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", even if he was pacifist by nature and did not want to shoot Liberty Valance [[spoiler:and ultimately did not shoot Liberty Valance]], that reputation got him into political office and led him to do great deal of good for the lawless town and promote much progress. That myth is so powerful and so important to the town's reputation that the legend has indeed become fact. fact as is clear in the film's closing lines:



* SettlingTheFrontier
* ShadowArchetype: Liberty to Tom, oh so very much. A great deal of the film's conflict comes from that fact that, in Ranse's eyes, they're really NotSoDifferent: they're both cynical, tough-as-nails Western gunfighters who love the freedom of the Old West above all else, and believe that [[MightMakesRight justice can only be dealt out with a gun]]. The only difference is that Tom has a CodeOfHonor that compels him to defend the innocent, whereas Liberty is an amoral thug who simply lives to take what he wants.

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* SettlingTheFrontier
SettlingTheFrontier: The theme of this film (and many of Ford's other Westerns):
--> '''Hailie''': ''Look at it. Once it was a wilderness. Now it's a garden. [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Aren't you proud]]?''
* ShadowArchetype: Liberty to Tom, oh so very much. A great deal of the film's conflict comes from that fact that, in Ranse's eyes, they're really NotSoDifferent: they're both cynical, tough-as-nails Western gunfighters who love the freedom of the Old West above all else, and believe that [[MightMakesRight justice can only be dealt out with a gun]]. The only difference is that Tom has a CodeOfHonor that compels him to defend the innocent, whereas Liberty is an amoral thug who simply lives to take what he wants.wants, but in either case neither of them has any place in the post-Wild West America.
22nd Apr '17 10:59:07 PM Robotech_Master
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* NoodleIncident: Ransom agrees to give an interview to the young reporter because the founder of that paper once fired him. However, this is never shown to happen during the flashback that constitutes most of the movie.



* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: It's never actually said ''which'' US territory is fighting for statehood in this movie, making Shinbone's location simply "The West".

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: It's never actually said ''which'' US territory is fighting for statehood in this movie, making Shinbone's location simply "The West". (However, a little research reveals that the Picketwire River (actually [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purgatoire_River the Purgatoire River]]) runs through Colorado.)
22nd Apr '17 4:07:08 PM TalonsofIceandFire
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Falls somewhere in the middle, though it is still arguably the most cynical of all the films that John Ford directed and both of the lead actors starred in. On one hand, Tom does [[spoiler: give up everything he holds dear for the sake of the town, his friend, and women he love.]] Yet on the other hand [[spoiler: He does die along and forgotten while his friend takes the credit (even if it's very reluctantly).]]

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Falls somewhere in the middle, though it is still arguably the most cynical of all the films that John Ford directed and both of the lead actors starred in. On one hand, Tom does [[spoiler: give up everything he holds dear for the sake of the town, his friend, and the women he love.loves.]] Yet on the other hand [[spoiler: He does die along he dies alone and forgotten while his friend takes the credit (even if it's very reluctantly).reluctantly so).]]
22nd Apr '17 4:05:35 PM TalonsofIceandFire
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Played With. On one hand, Tom does [[spoiler: give up everything he holds dear for the sake of the town, his friend, and women he love.]] Yet on the other hand [[spoiler: He does die along and forgotten while his friend takes the credit and even when Ranse does confessed he didn't kill Liberty Valance, the reporters he tells the story to refuse to publish it.]] Still its arguably the most cynical of all the films that John Ford directed and both of the lead actors starred in.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Played With.Falls somewhere in the middle, though it is still arguably the most cynical of all the films that John Ford directed and both of the lead actors starred in. On one hand, Tom does [[spoiler: give up everything he holds dear for the sake of the town, his friend, and women he love.]] Yet on the other hand [[spoiler: He does die along and forgotten while his friend takes the credit and even when Ranse does confessed he didn't kill Liberty Valance, the reporters he tells the story to refuse to publish it.(even if it's very reluctantly).]] Still its arguably the most cynical of all the films that John Ford directed and both of the lead actors starred in.
22nd Apr '17 4:03:18 PM TalonsofIceandFire
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Played With. On one hand, Tom does [[spoiler: give up everything he holds dear for the sake of the town, his friend, and women he love.]] Yet on the other hand [[spoiler: He does die along and forgotten while his friend takes the credit and even when Ranse does confessed he didn't kill Liberty Valance, the reporters he tells the story to refuse to publish it.]] Still its arguably the most cynical of all the movie directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Played With. On one hand, Tom does [[spoiler: give up everything he holds dear for the sake of the town, his friend, and women he love.]] Yet on the other hand [[spoiler: He does die along and forgotten while his friend takes the credit and even when Ranse does confessed he didn't kill Liberty Valance, the reporters he tells the story to refuse to publish it.]] Still its arguably the most cynical of all the movie directed by films that John Ford directed and starring John Wayne.both of the lead actors starred in.
22nd Apr '17 4:02:21 PM TalonsofIceandFire
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* TheSlidingScaleOfIdealismAndCynicism: Played With. On one hand, Tom does [[spoiler: give up everything he holds dear for the sake of the town, his friend, and women he love.]] Yet on the other hand [[spoiler: He does die along and forgotten while his friend takes the credit and even when Ranse does confessed he didn't kill Liberty Valance, the reporters he tells the story to refuse to publish it.]] Still its arguably the most cynical of all the movie directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne.

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* TheSlidingScaleOfIdealismAndCynicism: SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Played With. On one hand, Tom does [[spoiler: give up everything he holds dear for the sake of the town, his friend, and women he love.]] Yet on the other hand [[spoiler: He does die along and forgotten while his friend takes the credit and even when Ranse does confessed he didn't kill Liberty Valance, the reporters he tells the story to refuse to publish it.]] Still its arguably the most cynical of all the movie directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne.
22nd Apr '17 4:01:46 PM TalonsofIceandFire
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismAndCynicism: Played With. On one hand, Tom does [[spoiler: give up everything he holds dear for the sake of the town, his friend, and women he love.]] Yet on the other hand [[spoiler: He does die along and forgotten while his friend takes the credit and even when Ranse does confessed he didn't kill Liberty Valance, the reporters he tells the story to refuse to publish it.]] Still its arguably the most cynical of all the movie directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismAndCynicism: TheSlidingScaleOfIdealismAndCynicism: Played With. On one hand, Tom does [[spoiler: give up everything he holds dear for the sake of the town, his friend, and women he love.]] Yet on the other hand [[spoiler: He does die along and forgotten while his friend takes the credit and even when Ranse does confessed he didn't kill Liberty Valance, the reporters he tells the story to refuse to publish it.]] Still its arguably the most cynical of all the movie directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne.
22nd Apr '17 4:01:21 PM TalonsofIceandFire
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismAndCyncism: Played With. On one hand, Tom does [[spoiler: give up everything he holds dear for the sake of the town, his friend, and women he love.]] Yet on the other hand [[spoiler: He does die along and forgotten while his friend takes the credit. And even when Ranse does confessed he didn't kill Liberty Valance, the reporters he tells the story to refuse to publish it stating that ''the legends become the facts.'']] Still, this is arguably the most cynical of all the movie directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismAndCyncism: SlidingScaleOfIdealismAndCynicism: Played With. On one hand, Tom does [[spoiler: give up everything he holds dear for the sake of the town, his friend, and women he love.]] Yet on the other hand [[spoiler: He does die along and forgotten while his friend takes the credit. And credit and even when Ranse does confessed he didn't kill Liberty Valance, the reporters he tells the story to refuse to publish it stating that ''the legends become the facts.'']] Still, this is it.]] Still its arguably the most cynical of all the movie directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne.
22nd Apr '17 4:00:05 PM TalonsofIceandFire
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismAndCyncism: Played With. On one hand, Tom does [[spoiler: give up everything he holds dear for the sake of the town, his friend, and women he love.]] Yet on the other hand [[spoiler: He does die along and forgotten while his friend takes the credit. And even when Ranse does confessed he didn't kill Liberty Valance, the reporters he tells the story to refuse to publish it stating that ''the legends become the facts.'']] Still, this is arguably the most cynical of all the movie directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne.



* UnbuiltTrope: If you primarily know of John Wayne's work through PopCultureOsmosis, watching this film can be a bit jarring. While not Wayne's first movie as a leading man (that was ''The Big Trail''), it's largely responsible for solidifying American pop culture's image of him: it was the first movie to cast him as a LovableRogue cowboy in a ten-gallon hat and a neckerchief who defends the weak while snarking cynically, and it spawned his iconic CatchPhrase "Pilgrim", among other things.

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* UnbuiltTrope: If you primarily know of John Wayne's work through PopCultureOsmosis, watching this film can be a bit jarring. While not Wayne's first movie as a leading man (that was ''The Big Trail''), it's largely responsible for solidifying American pop culture's image of him: it was the first movie to cast him as a LovableRogue cowboy in a ten-gallon hat and a neckerchief who defends the weak while snarking cynically, and it spawned his iconic CatchPhrase "Pilgrim", among other things. It's also a vicious GenreDeconstruction of Westerns that's ultimately about [[EndOfAnAge the death of the Old West]], and it ends with Wayne's character [[spoiler: dying alone and unremembered after succumbing to his alcoholism, while another man [[DidNotGetTheGirl marries his only love]] and [[StealingTheCredit takes the credit]] for his final heroic deed]].
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