About the Film
"I wanted to make the kind of film where the art of conversation was the star — the kind of conversation where pieces of the story are suspected and pictures imagined, but the true nature of the thing remains always just in doubt." Paul Lewis, Producer
Subterracon Films is excited to present It Was the Nightingale: The Unreliable Story of Ford Madox Ford, the first feature-length film on the life and work of this extraordinary author.
Ford wrote over eighty books, including the masterpieces, The Good Soldier and Parade's End. He survived poverty, being blown up in the First World War and the miseries of passion to become perhaps the greatest writer you’ve never heard of.
Producer: Paul Lewis
Executive Producers: John Shannon and Jan Serr
Directors: Paul Lewis & Ryan Poe
Editors: Paul Lewis & Ryan Poe
Sound & Film Design: Kelley Baker
Running Time: Approx. 97 mins
Ford's story brings together the great names in twentieth century American and European literature, figures such as James Joyce, Henry James, Stephen Crane, Joseph Conrad, Ezra Pound, Jean Rhys, Ernest Hemingway, H.D., Wyndham Lewis, W.H. Hudson, H.G. Wells, Thomas Hardy and many more. They all have the enormously talented Ford Madox Ford at the center or periphery of their own well-known stories.
The film also features extensive treatment and never-before-seen footage of Ford's last partner, the Jewish-American painter, Janice Biala, captured but never released by filmmakers Judith Wechsler and Richard Leacock in Paris in 1993.
Through principal conversations with eight contemporary voices who have helped re-shape our understanding of Ford, the film takes us on a documentary and impressionistic journey that we hope writers, readers and film-goers everywhere will embrace as their own.
"He [Ford] felt the errors of contemporary style to the point of rolling ... and that roll saved me at least two years." Ezra Pound