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Vanessa SmithDr. MinnisUnderstanding Film 22127 February 2014The Man Who Shot Liberty ValanceThe movie “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” is directed by John Ford and stars James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin and several more important characters. It isa 1962 Western movie. An analysis of “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” tells a story of howRansom Stoddard doesn’t necessarily believe in the way of the West and some great deals of violence are portrayed. In the West, violence was a way of life and that’s how people used to resort to in order to solve their problems. The movie starts out when Hallie and Ransom in their older age when theyare married and going back for Tom Doniphon’s funeral. At that point, most people would wonder, who is Tom Doniphon and why is he so important? The newspaper reporters thought the same thing. That is why they had to have the story of why Ransom was back in town. We also see and meet Pompey by the casket that holds Tom. After, the movie goes to when Ransom was captured. This flash forward moment portrays ABA form. The movie starts when the characters are much older and the reporters are asking why Tom Doniphon is so important, goes back in time to tell the story, and then ends withthe reporters not wanting the story after all. Since the title is “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” one can conclude that in the end someone does shoot Liberty Valance, the question just
remains as to who did it? Since the ABA form pattern is incomplete, suspense is created.