The Sunday Intertitle: The Mid-Seventies

Also, the Bee-Gees scored a massive hit with “Jive Talkin'”.

Intertitle from John Ford’s THREE BAD MEN, with Olive Borden.

With all your jive talkin’
You’re telling me lies, yeah
Good lovin’
Still gets in my eyes
Nobody believes what you say
It’s just your jive talkin’
That gets in the way.

2 Responses to “The Sunday Intertitle: The Mid-Seventies”

  1. Matthew Clark Says:

    A friend of mine is teaching a college film course and she asked me for some ideas for films to show to her class. I suggested a series of films to show the early development of how films tell their stories. I didn’t have much to to really put this series together, but first suggested she show Guy-Blache’s 1912 film “Falling Leaves”. An example of the stage bound like films of the time. But Guy-Blanche’s staging still establishes that we are viewing this story from the point of view of the young girl, little Trixie. Then, jumping well ahead, I suggested this scene from Ford’s 1926 “3 Bad Men”, as an example of cross cutting between two characters and how the shot reverse shot editing brings out what the characters are thinking. After this I suggested the opening scene of 1928’s “Beggars Of Life” with Louise Brooks. To show how complex ideas can be conveyed as we see what’s happened to Brooks’ character as she is recounting it to the young hobo who has just found her with the dead man. I also thought the young women in her class would be engaged by the female characters and what they are experiencing in each of these films. As I said I just came up with this at the spur of the moment, but she told me this series went over well with her students.
    I love 3 Bad Men, it is one of Ford’s best. Just look at those horizon lines. And that opening shot, which compresses the settling of the west into a falling tree revealing an encampment. I understand that Olive Borden, pictured, was partnered with her co star George O’Brian at this time. That makes it even better.
    I could imagine 3 Bad Men, not to be confused with The Three Godfathers, also by Ford, as being the basis of a television series. With the three reformed outlaws surviving their battles with the gang of the corrupt sheriff and working for the young couple as they start their ranch and their life together.

  2. That’s an excellent idea — I may steal it! I think pinning down these basic ideas of film narration could be really useful to year one students.

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