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Alexandre O. Philippe

The Taking

Edition 2021
76' - 2021 - Documentary - Dialogue: English
Director: Alexandre O. Philippe Composer: Jon Hegel

Another unique documentary by Alexandro O. Philippe. This time, he focuses on the iconic landscape of Monument Valley.

A radical examination of Monument Valley’s representation in cinema and advertising since John Ford’s Stagecoach (1939), The Taking scrutinizes how a site located on sovereign Navajo land came to embody the fantasy of the “Old West,” replete with self-perpetuating falsehoods, and why it continues to hold mythic significance in the global psyche.
The Taking is a documentary about John Ford, Monument Valley, and the myth of the West. It’s an exploration of the way the Monuments have been filmed over the years, especially in John Ford’s movies, but also beyond to try and understand the relationship between iconography and myth.” - Scream

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Alexandre O. Philippe


Jon Hegel

Director of Photography

Robert Muratore


Dave Krahling


Kerry Deignan Roy

Production studios

Exhibit A Pictures

More information



Countries of production

United States of America




Alexandre O. Philippe
Chick Flick: The Miracle Mike Story (2003), Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water (2004), Left (2006), The Spot (2008), Inside (2009), The People vs. George Lucas (2010), The Right to Breathe (2011), The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus (2012), Doc of the Dead (2014), 75/52 (2017), Memory: Thee Origins of Alien (2019), Leap of Faith: Williem Friedkin on The Exorcist (2019), The Taking (2021), Lynch/Oz (2022)

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