Western Film

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Pippin, Robert B. Hollywood westerns and American myth: the importance of Howard Hawks and John Ford for political philosophy. New Haven [Conn.]: Yale University Press. Print. 2010.
Summary: There are many politics in western films. Most of them were produced after World War I, so they contains different political philosophies from World War I, II and Cold Civil War. Pippin uses three significant western films, which are Red River, The Man Who Shot Liberty and The Searchers, as examples. He explains and analyses different politics and histories in these films.
Assess: Pippin’s book gives a distinguishing feature to the western films. He analyses each character’s personality and meaning of his or her actions in these films to explain what politics
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This article shows the reason to why Ford is interested in these themes and his attitude to them.
Reflect: Indians just is a representative of other races in the film. Because American contains many different groups of people such as black people and Asian, they have the same problems with white people as Indians. The Searchers is issued during Civil Rights, so it gives the reason that people urge on the rights. The film also is Ford’s early artwork about race, but comparing with Cheyenne Autumn, it shows that Ford changes his attitude to Indians.
Matheson, Sue. “John Ford on the Cold War: Stetsons and Cast Shadows in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962).” Journal of Popular Culture. Vol. 45 Issue 2, 357-369. Apr 2012. Print.
Summary: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance reflects the Cold War. The film demonstrates the conflicts between east and west, civilization and savagery, order and disorder, law and outlaw, and legend and history. The most significant part in the film is Ford showing a hero becoming a man. It also includes Ford’s personal, professional attitudes and his own past history.
Assess: Sue’s article explores and explains the deep meaning of the
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He does not directly transliterate them to film, but makes some changes and creates artistic features. Therefore, his films are even valuable in today.
Reflect: Most directors like to transliterate popular books or stories to films even in today’s film market, because they think these films have high market value. However, only a few of them become classic, because they do not have nutrition and value to next generations.

“Cheyenne Autumn.” Wild West. Vol. 23 Issue 2, p74-74. 1/4p. Aug2010. Print.
Summary: Ford produces Cheyenne Autumn in an Indian’s perspective. This film also recorded a true tale of 1878. It portrays an innocent and pitiful Indian, and offices show sympathy to him. Hence, it breaks accustomed views of Indian in Ford’s film.
Assess: This article explains the major idea in the film.
Reflect: This film breaks Ford’s stereotype of Indian, so comparing with The Searchers, it vividly shows the conversion of Ford. As a director, he admits and corrects his mistreatment to Indian by revision it in his further

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