Showdown at High Noon: Witch-hunts, Critics, and the End of the Western
"For more than fifty years, High Noon has been a touchstone of popular imagination and a source of endless controversy about film art. Upon its release, the film was hailed as a masterpiece. However, some film historians and theorists reviled it as pretentious "social realism" inspired by its screenwriter's victimization by the House Un-American Activities Committee." "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.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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This is a study of one of the most enduring Westerns, High Noon, a film whose political, cultural, and thematic implications have had a profound influence ...
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