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