Showdown at High Noon: Witch-hunts, Critics, and the End of the Western

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Scarecrow Press, Jan 1, 2004 - Performing Arts - 315 pages
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"Showdown at High Noon is the study of a film caught between popular admiration and critical disdain. To understand how and why the film has elicited such disparate reactions, Jeremy Byman explores all of its elements, from its origins in the mind of blacklisted screenwriter Carl Foreman to its continuing impact on culture, American and otherwise. High Noon not only affected the Westerns that followed it, but also changed filmmaking in fundamental ways. By analyzing the film's political, cultural, and thematic implications, Byman reveals how one film has had such a profound and enduring influence, a long-lasting impact that cannot be easily dismissed."--BOOK JACKET.

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\Jeremy Byman holds a Ph.D. in political science and M.A. in cinema studies, and has taught political science and film courses at several colleges and universities. He was the film reviewer for an arts and entertainment weekly for 19 years. This is his seventh book.

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