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Mark Ford

Early to Bed, Early to Rise

It was in Berlin you mixed up John and J.J.Cale
And we found ourselves watching Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past
      yet again.

I, on the other hand, confused Teniers the elder and Teniers the younger
In Amsterdam, where I saw Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys on my own.

On the outskirts of Moscow we failed to distinguish clearly between
      Charles and Burl Ives;
Our punishment was to sit through Sergei Eisenstein’s Ivan
      the Terrible, Parts I and II, twice.

I met a man in New York who couldn’t tell the difference between George
And Zbigniew Herbert: his favourite film was Kenji Mizoguchi’s
      Ugetsu Monogatari, which he insisted we see together.

In Cardiff I confounded Edward, Dylan, and R.S.Thomas;
To get over my embarrassment I went to a performance of
      Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville.

People continually mistake the work of Antoine Le Nain for that of
      his brother Louis, even in Los Angeles,
Where most films are made, including Doug Liman’s Swingers,
      which I recently saw for the first time, and really enjoyed.

Mark Ford

Mark Ford was born in Nairobi, Kenya. He attended Oxford and Harvard Universities, and has spent time as a Visiting Lecturer in Kyoto, Japan. His latest book is Landlocked, Chatto and Windus, 1992, ISBN 0 7011 3750 9

Photo of Mark Ford by John Tranter

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