sometimes the best thing a director can do is not direct; that is, to get out of the way of the talent or the script. this film is actually at its best when the music is non-existent and ford allows fonda to be the focus. i like ford, but i don’t see the genius that others do. welles said that he learned everything about directing that he needed from watching stagecoach (which he watched something like 50 times before filming citizen kane). kurosawa called ford “the master.” so i’m sure there’s something i’m missing here, but for now this film is a .