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49 Ratings

Four Sons

Directed by John Ford
United States, 1928
Drama, Silent


A family saga in which three of a Bavarian widow’s sons go to war for Germany and the fourth goes to America, Germany’s eventual opponent.

Four Sons Directed by John Ford

Critics reviews

Throughout, Ford echoes the films of the German director F. W. Murnau… The mustachioed, uniformed, and potbellied postman is a dead ringer for the doorman protagonist of Murnau’s 1924 drama “The Last Laugh”; Ford filmed on sets left over from Murnau’s first Hollywood film, the poetic romance “Sunrise”; and he imitates some of Murnau’s distinctive camera moves. The result is no mere homage, but a drastically different take on themes that Ford derived from Murnau’s films.
July 28, 2014
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