The Invention of the Western Film: A Cultural History of the Genre's First Half Century

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 30, 2003 - Performing Arts - 393 pages
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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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Contents

Indians to the Rescue
6
The Eastern Western
12
Our Friends the Indians
19
The Death of the Western 1911
32
The FarWestern
36
Wars on the Plains
44
The Politics of Landscape
51
Pocahontas Meets Custer The Invaders
55
Rambling into Surrealism The BWestern
150
Dont Cry Pat Its Only a Western A Note on Acting
171
Time Space and the Western
178
THAT SLEEP OF DEATH JOHN FORD AND THE DARKNESS OF THE CLASSIC WESTERN IN THE 1940S
193
My Darling Clementine and the Fight with Film Noir
197
Out of the Past
209
Shakespeare? In Tombstone?
219
Get Outta Town and Stay Out
234

No Indians Wanted
79
The West of the Mohicans
89
Desert Places
94
ITS TIME FOR YOUR HISTORY LESSON DEAR JOHN WAYNE AND THE PROBLEM OF HISTORY IN THE HOLLYWOOD WESTERN OF T...
99
The Big Trail and the Weight of History
105
Whats the Big Idea?
114
Philosophies of the Land
115
Philosophies of Faith
124
Philosophies of Politics
130
Manifestations of Destiny
138
A Lot of Nice People around Here
243
Who Do We Shoot?
256
The Revenge of Film Noir
266
25 The Return of the Earps
273
Ford Fonda and the Death of the Classic Western
281
Notes
295
Select Bibliography
347
Films Cited
363
Index
375
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