Analysis Of The Movie ' Big Whiskey ' Essay

964 Words Mar 7th, 2016 4 Pages
As one of the best American films in the western genre, Unforgiven uniquely portrays a real culture through it’s setting; a pastiche of nineteenth-century Western style, which emphasizes the nature of law and order as the only thing that stands between civilization and chaos. Being both the director and the producer, Clint Eastwood constructs Unforgiven as a self-reflexive medium; which means the film’s aesthetic would consciously make the audience aware of the devices of the film’s construction and the illusory nature of the image. Eastwood deals frankly with the uglier aspects of violence and how complicated truths are distorted into simplistic myths about the Old West. Set in “Big Whiskey,” a fictional place where the practice of justice is non-existent, that acts as a microcosm of the whole country. Big Whiskey clarifies the film by acting as a metaphorical concept, such as “place vs. non place,” “law vs. justice,” and “nature vs. civilization.”

Eastwood further examines the spatial concept through the idea of “place vs. non-place.” From William Munny’s (also played by Clint Eastwood) lens, Big Whiskey is a non-place, as the town cannot be defined as relational, historical, or concerned with Munny’s identity and/or character. Super-modernity may also be the reason of Big Whiskey’s progression as it often doesn’t integrate with the early settlement, but instead it is considered as a “place of memory” (or in Unforgiven, a place where the course of action takes place.) On…

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