Horizons West

Horizons West
Author : Jim Kitses
Publisher : British Film Institute
Total Pages : 352
Release : 2007-09-01
ISBN 10 : 1844570193
ISBN 13 : 9781844570195
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Horizons West Book Description:

When first published in 1969, Horizons West was immediately recognised as the definitive critical account of the Western film and some of its key directors. This greatly expanded new edition is, like the original, written in a graceful, penetrating and absorbingly readable style.

Horizons West

Horizons West
Author : Jim Kitses
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages : 352
Release : 2019-07-25
ISBN 10 : 9781838716271
ISBN 13 : 1838716270
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Horizons West Book Description:

When first published in 1969, Horizons West was immediately recognised as the definitive critical account of the Western film and some of its key directors. This greatly expanded new edition is, like the original, written in a graceful, penetrating and absorbingly readable style. It provides definitive critical analysis of the six greatest film-makers of the Western genre: John Ford, Anthony Mann, Budd Boetticher, Sam Peckinpah, Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood. And it offers illuminating accounts of such classic Westerns as The Searchers, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Once Upon a Time in the West, Shane and many more. Among the completely new material in this edition is Kitses's magisterial account of the work of the greatest of Western directors, John Ford. Kitses also assesses how the Western has been challenged by revisionist historical accounts of the West and the Western, and by movement such as feminism, postmodernism, multiculturalism and psychoanalysis. The product of a lifetime's labour and love, Horizons West is a landmark of scholarship and interpretation devoted to, what is for many, Hollywood's signature genre. It provides a compelling account of the powerful mythology of America's past as forged by Western films and the men who made them.

The Ethical Vision of Clint Eastwood

The Ethical Vision of Clint Eastwood
Author : Sara Anson Vaux
Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Total Pages : 259
Release : 2012
ISBN 10 : 9780802862952
ISBN 13 : 0802862950
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Ethical Vision of Clint Eastwood Book Description:

Analyzes fifteen Eastwood films from a thematic perspective, revealing how the Hollywood icon's moral vision has evolved over the course of his career while remaining rooted in the same basic ideals.

Ride Boldly Ride

Ride  Boldly Ride
Author : Mary Lea Bandy
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Total Pages : 330
Release : 2012-10-01
ISBN 10 : 9780520258662
ISBN 13 : 0520258665
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ride Boldly Ride Book Description:

"This book is a survey of the movie Western that covers its history from the early silent era to recent spins on the genre in films such as No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, True Grit, and Cowboys & Aliens. The authors provide fresh perspectives on landmark films such Stagecoach, Red River, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and The Wild Bunch, and they also pay tribute to many underappreciated Westerns including 3 Bad Men, The Wind, The Big Trail, Ruggles of Red Gap, Northwest Passage, The Westerner, The Furies, Jubal, and Comanche Station. The book explores major phases of the Western's development--silent era oaters, A-production classics of the 1930s and early 1940s, and the more psychologically complex presentations of the Westerner that emerged in the post-World War II period.. They examine various forms of genre-revival and genre-revisionism that have recurred over the past half-century, culminating especially in the masterworks of Clint Eastwood. Central themes of the book include the inner life of the Western hero, the importance of the natural landscape, the tension between myth and history, the depiction of the Native American, and the juxtaposing of comedy and tragedy"--Provided by publisher.

The Films of Clint Eastwood

The Films of Clint Eastwood
Author : Matt Wanat
Publisher : University of New Mexico Press
Total Pages : 286
Release : 2018-05-15
ISBN 10 : 9780826359537
ISBN 13 : 0826359531
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Films of Clint Eastwood Book Description:

The indefatigable Clint Eastwood, the great old man of American film, is still controversial after all these years. Many of the critical essays in this collection focus on Eastwood’s 2014 American Sniper, a particularly controversial film and a devastating personal account of the horrors of war. Additional essays within the collection address his films that deserve more recognition than they have received to date. The chapters vary by topic and identify themes ranging from aging, race, and gender to uses of Western conventions and myth to the subtleties of quieter themes and stylistic choices in Eastwood’s body of cinematic work. As a collection, these essays show that none of these themes account for Eastwood’s entire vision, which is multifaceted and often contradictory, dramatizing complex issues in powerful, character-driven narratives.

Clint Eastwood s America

Clint Eastwood s America
Author : Sam B. Girgus
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages : 188
Release : 2014-01-08
ISBN 10 : 9780745656489
ISBN 13 : 074565648X
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Clint Eastwood s America Book Description:

The steady rise of Clint Eastwood’s career parallels a pressing desire in American society over the past five decades for a figure and story of purpose, meaning, and redemption. Eastwood has not only told and filmed that story, he has come to embody it for many in his public image and film persona. Eastwood responds to a national yearning for a vision of individual action and initiative, personal responsibility, and potential for renewal. An iconic director and star for his westerns, urban thrillers, and adventure stories, Eastwood has taken film art to new horizons of meaning in a series of masterpieces that engage the ethical and moral consciousness of our times, including Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, and Mystic River. He revolutionized the war film with the unprecedented achievement of filming the opposing sides of the same historic battle in Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, using this saga to present a sharply critical representation of the new America that emerged out of the war, a society of images and spectacles. This timely examination of Clint Eastwood’s oeuvre against the backdrop of contemporary America will be fascinating reading for students of film and popular culture, as well as readers with interests in Eastwood’s work, American film and culture.

Myth of the Western

Myth of the Western
Author : Carter Matthew Carter
Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
Total Pages : 246
Release : 2018-09-17
ISBN 10 : 9781474402835
ISBN 13 : 1474402836
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Myth of the Western Book Description:

What is the nature of the relationship between the Hollywood Western and American frontier mythology? How have Western films helped develop cultural and historical perceptions, attitudes and beliefs towards the frontier? Is there still a place for the genre in light of revisionist histories of the American West?Myth of the Western re-invigorates the debate surrounding the relationship between the Western and frontier mythology, arguing for the importance of the genre's socio-cultural, historical and political dimensions. Taking a number of critical-theoretical and philosophical approaches, Matthew Carter applies them to prominent forms of frontier historiography. He also considers the historiographic element of the Western by exploring the different ways in which the genre has responded to the issues raised by the frontier. Carter skilfully argues that the genre has - and continues to reveal - the complexities and contradictions at the heart of US society. With its clear analyses of and intellectual challenges to the film scholarship that has developed around the Western over a 65-year period, this book adds new depth to our understanding of specific film texts and of the genre as a whole - a welcome resource for students and scholars in both Film Studies and American Studies.

Women in the Films of John Ford

Women in the Films of John Ford
Author : David Meuel
Publisher : McFarland
Total Pages : 204
Release : 2014-02-28
ISBN 10 : 9781476614564
ISBN 13 : 1476614563
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Women in the Films of John Ford Book Description:

While John Ford (1894–1973) remains one of the most influential and revered directors in film history, he is also one of the most frequently misunderstood. One widespread assumption is that he was almost exclusively a man’s director, dismissive of, or at best not well attuned to, the stories, perspectives and concerns of women. This book forthrightly challenges such an assumption, giving readers a richer understanding of the director’s view of the world and of the women as well as the men who inhabit it. Taking a fresh look at dozens of Ford films, both familiar favorites and under-appreciated gems, it focuses on the complex and diverse female characters in them as well as the actresses who so ably portrayed them.

The Cinema of Clint Eastwood

The Cinema of Clint Eastwood
Author : David Sterritt
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Total Pages : 240
Release : 2014-11-25
ISBN 10 : 9780231850711
ISBN 13 : 0231850719
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cinema of Clint Eastwood Book Description:

He became a movie star playing The Man With No Name, and today his name is known around the world. Measured by longevity, productivity, and profits, Clint Eastwood is the most successful actor-director-producer in American film history. This book examines the major elements of his career, focusing primarily on his work as a director but also exploring the evolution of his acting style, his long association with screen violence, his interest in jazz, and the political views – sometimes hotly controversial – reflected in his films and public statements. Especially fascinating is the pivotal question that divides critics and moviegoers to this day: is Eastwood a capable director with a photogenic face, a modest acting talent, and a flair for marketing his image? Or is he a true cinematic auteur with a distinctive vision of America's history, traditions, and values? From A Fistful of Dollars and Dirty Harry to Million Dollar Baby and beyond, The Cinema of Clint Eastwood takes a close-up look at one of the screen's most influential and charismatic stars.

Women in the Western

Women in the Western
Author : Matheson Sue Matheson
Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
Total Pages : 360
Release : 2020-07-31
ISBN 10 : 9781474444163
ISBN 13 : 1474444164
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Women in the Western Book Description:

In Westerns, women transmit complicated cultural coding about the nature of westward expansionism, heroism, family life, manliness and American femininity. As the genre changes and matures, depictions of women have transitioned from traditional to more modern roles. Frontier Feminine charts these significant shifts in the Western's transmission of gender values and expectations and aims to expand the critical arena in which Western film is situated by acknowledging the importance of women in this genre.