Film Analysis of John Ford’s Stagecoach

Take a short 3-4 minute scene from Stagecoach, beginning when the characters enter the interior of the station interior until the song from Yakeema begins (around 41.40 – 45.40 minutes into the

film) and analysis how the sequence is staged and shot. What elements of Ford’s visual style do you

see (placement of the camera, lighting, aperture framing, staging, depth of field, sound, etc.).

Especially describe the lighting, where is it coming from in the scene and what does it express?

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