Essay about The Edge Of A Western

1921 Words Dec 10th, 2016 8 Pages
The Edge of a Western How does a Western film look when it is written backwards and the themes are put on their head? This is how Jim Jarmusch envisioned his take on the Western when he directed Dead Man. The film is about an ordinary accountant William Blake, played by Johnny Depp, who is traveling to the town of Machine to start a new life. When Blake finds that there is no job for him, a set of unfortunate circumstances forces him into becoming a wanted man. Along with an American Indian guide, played by Gary Farmer, Blake forges a journey that leaves behind a trail of dead men in his path in order for him to transcend into the spiritual world according to the mentor Native American, Nobody. This film did hold on to some basic Western formulas, yet it reversed the genre and created a film that contradicts the definition of the Western brand.Through his character development, offbeat setting, and the edgy music, Jarmusch made a darker edgier western film. Right from the start Jarmusch flips the genre in his rendition of the Western in the character of William Blake (Johnny Depp). Blake comes from the east and he does not have a checkered past that matches the checked suit he is decked out in, nor does he have a tough exterior. He is properly dressed like city- folk and he does not appear to be hero at all. It can actually be said that Blake was more of the Eastern genteel female that resides in the classic Western. He is really a “antithesis between the schoolmarm…

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