Revisionist Western

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  • Eastwood's Unforgiven: A Revisionist Western Film

    The Hollywood Western has a rich history stemming all the way from America’s social and political events in the late nineteenth century (Bandy & Stoehr, 2012). With it came filmmakers and stars, like John Ford and John Wayne, whose names would become synonymous with the genre. The Western’s longstanding history has undoubtedly created conventions that audiences have come to love and expect. However, just as other genres have combined into hybrids or evolved, the classic Western is no exception. Unforgiven (1992) is an example of a revisionist Western film. Directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, it tells the story of an old farmer, with a legendary reputation, who attempts to carry out one last job in order to earn some money for his family. The…

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  • Western Film Themes

    Westerns: The Final Chapter During my research, I came to the conclusion that I really didn’t enjoy westerns very much. In order to understand why I don’t enjoy westerns much, we must first get a basic idea of what a western is. Westerns are more of an older genre as they are not made much in the modern day and age. To understand westerns, knowing the basic themes and elements would be most helpful. The four main themes of a western include: Man vs. Nature, Good vs. Evil, East meets West and…

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  • The Searchers Book Vs Movie

    The Searchers is a “classic” western. It tells the story of Ethan Edwards who is accompanied by his nephew Martin Pawley and their five-year-long search to find his niece after she is captured and her family killed by the Comanche Indians. Little Big Man is a “revisionist” western. It tells the story of Jack Crabbe, a 121-year-old man asked to tell his story about his life, which includes being captured and raised by the Indians and living in a white society with a variety of jobs leading him to…

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  • Film Analysis: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

    of a classic western. Everything from the horses, bounties, and violence point to this movie being a typical western film. However, because of the abundance of twists and turns it would be considered a revisionist western movie. Despite its few traits of a classic western, everything ranging from the unclear heroes to the absence of typical female roles lead to The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly classifying as a revisionist western. A typical western movie has a very distinct and specific…

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  • The Great Train Robbery: Film Analysis

    Western’s a genre with a purpose For almost as long as the medium of filmmaking has existed so too has the Western first showcased in Edwin S. Porter film The Great Train Robbery. Though overall a simple film in retrospect the way in which it pushed the medium forward was revolutionary in containing a narrative. Cowboys are the initial American heroes of filmmaking which all others pull from; Westerns as a male focused genre the central genre trope of masculinity have been constructed on a…

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  • Comparison Of Stagecoach And The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

    The following essay will compare the cinematic language of the two Western classics Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966) while analyzing the claim that both film respectably are pioneers of the Western genre during their times proven on the basis of their original work in editing and narrative, and its influence on other filmmakers. After a brief summary of both movies, I will continue with the analysis of both, in particular with the formal…

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  • The Big Lebowski Film Analysis

    The brothers Joel and Ethan Coen and Wes Anderson are known for their distinctive visual and thematic styles of film making. Although their respective films The Big Lebowski and The Royal Tenenbaums both have a unique style all their own they do share a theme. This shared narrative motif is a nostalgic yearning for, or perhaps even obsession, with the past. In The Big Lebowski this obsession with the past can be seen at the very beginning of the film as we follow a tumbling tumbleweed, an iconic…

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  • The Searchers: Film Analysis

    coming from the back or the side of the main characters” (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014, section 6.4). Ultimately, the type of lighting has assessed the impact of high contrast and very deep shadows in many of the indoor/outdoor scenes to establish the western theme. ◦What are the benefits of the style of lighting used? The benefits of the lighting style used to enhance the hardness of life on the Western frontier, therefore, giving the movie viewers a real sense of the western time and its…

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  • Western Film The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

    Western Film “For over forty years, from 1926 to 1967, Hollywood produced more Westerns than any other kind of film” (pg.243). The western film I chose was one of Sergio Leone’s famous trilogies, which included A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. These are known as Spaghetti Westerns. The film The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly takes place during the American Civil War and follows three men on the hunt for Confederate gold. Many westerns focus…

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  • The Big Movie Analysis

    Paul Chaat Smith’s essay “The Big Movie,” which appears in The Norton Mix, addresses the question of why western movies portray the American Indian in the manner they do. Smith, who is a member of the Comanche tribe, looks at western films from the perspective of Indians. He provides a brief history of the American western movie, along with historical information about how and why Indians appear as they do in movies. He concludes with the observation that unless they appear within what Smith…

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