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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
You Can Always Trust A Ford!
By Laura Ann Scaife
Is it possible for a ninety-one year old film to provide five star entertainment? If it was made by John Ford, Absolutely! This is one of the best films I have seen in ages. The story of the building of the first transcontinental railroad is an epic one, and is wonderfully related in this film. The acting is good, the intertitles are highly amusing, and the direction is spot-on. The photography is excellent and the restoration makes this look like a new film. The film also contains a great deal of action. Unlike a lot of silent films, the acting does not seem highly melodramatic, but quite natural. Watching this film gives a good indication of where Ford's career was headed. An excellent film, not to be missed. Five stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
The Iron Horse was one of those movies I had often read about but never seen until I discovered Amazon and the wealth of classic films that are available.
The Iron Horse is, in many ways a typical John Ford movie even if early in his long career. And by that I mean that there are frequent "breaks" to indulge in sentimentality and slapstick 'Irish' humour...breaks that detract from the real story and action.
For the rest, it is brilliant film-making. The acting is, for the time,.quite naturalistic and the railroad building has an almost documentary quality about it. And why not, considering how recent those events were to the making of the film.
Ford is critical of the robber-barons who manipulated the government and landowners in their grasping for profits.
The opening sequence is a thing of great beauty and sets up later events with great style.
The restoration is peerless and the newly recorded sound track is excellent but surely they could have used a more traditional tune when the navvies are singing "Drill Ye Tarrier, Drill"?
And why not go that bit further when restoring silent movies and "step-print" them so they run at 24/25 frames per second instead of silent speed?
I can't help wondering how many times C. B. DeMille watched the Indian attack on the train before he "borrowed " many elements from it to use in "Union Pacific"?
Overall I am very happy to have this in my collection and I know I will enjoy it again and again.
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By P ski
This will hold your attention, though it's 2-plus hrs and silent. A must...