The Invention of the Western Film: A Cultural History of the Genre's First Half Century
The Invention of the Western Film ranges across literature, visual arts, social history, ideology, and legend to provide, for the first time, an in-depth exploration of the early Western, from short kinetoscopes of the 1890s through "classic" features of the 1940s. By examining the American Indian's rise and demise during the silent era, B- Westerns of the 1930s, and film noir-influenced Westerns of the 1940s, Scott Simmon's pioneering study silhouettes the genre's evolution against a myriad of cultural forces. This lively, encyclopedic book revitalizes familiar Western icons John Wayne and John Ford, and recovers forgotten masterworks from the Western film's formative years.
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Indians to the Rescue
The Eastern Western
Our Friends the Indians
The Death of the Western 1911
Wars on the Plains
The Politics of Landscape
Pocahontas Meets Custer The Invaders
Rambling into Surrealism The BWestern
Dont Cry Pat Its Only a Western A Note on Acting
Time Space and the Western
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My Darling Clementine and the Fight with Film Noir
Out of the Past
Shakespeare? In Tombstone?
Get Outta Town and Stay Out
No Indians Wanted
The West of the Mohicans
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Whats the Big Idea?
Philosophies of the Land
Philosophies of Faith
Philosophies of Politics
Manifestations of Destiny
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