The Western Genre: From Lordsburg to Big Whiskey

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Wallflower Press, 2001 - Performing Arts - 131 pages
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The Western Genre: From Lordsburg to Big Whiskey offers close readings of the definitive American film movement as represented by such leading exponents as John Ford, Howard Hawks, and Sam Peckinpah. In his consideration of such iconic motifs as the Outlaw Hero and the Lone Rider, John Saunders traces the development of perennial aspects of the genre, its continuity and, importantly, its change. Representations of morality and masculinity are also foregrounded in consideration of the genre's major stars John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, and such films as Shane, Rio Bravo, The Wild Bunch, and Unforgiven.

  

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Contents

list of illustrations introduction
1
reading a western
13
Shane
25
the established classics
37
The Naked Spur
48
Rio Bravo
55
three films about jesse james
63
The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
70
new directions
81
The Wild Bunch
85
the indians
93
Little Big Man
97
Ulzana s Raid
103
breaking the mould
115
filmography
125
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Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.

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