BOOK REVIEWS Horizons West: Directing the Western from John. Ford to Clint Eastwood. By Jim Kitses. London: BFI Publishing, pp. Photography. Jim Kitses is the author of Horizons West ( avg rating, 38 ratings, 2 reviews, published ), The Western Reader ( avg rating, 36 ratings, 1 re. Horizons West [Jim Kitses] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
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Also, there are a number of commercially successful Westerns that altered the historical development of the genre shifting the frontier to Mexico, introducing group protagonists, bounty hunters and an increasing cynicism towards the very community that the gunslinger had traditionally fought for and these are dealt with only in passing.
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Not only does this neglect the jim kitses horizons west pre-cinematic history of the Western Wild West Shows and literary traditions such as the Leatherstocking Tales, to name a few and its ongoing popularity during the silent era, Kitses does not do justice to the jim kitses horizons west renaissance of the Western in the 60s, which occurred even as Leone was re-vitalising the Western for American audiences.
For some, Boetticher is up there with John Ford or Sergio Leone in his contribution to the genre…but maybe that is my own subjective take on what makes for a great Western.
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In the edition of Horizons West, Kitses also situates his study of the Western as a parallel to that of McArthur and the gangster film, both as reactions against pure auteurism Jim kitses horizons west, p.
The critical reception of Leone in studies of the Western has been extensively discussed by Christopher Frayling, in his analysis of the Spaghetti Western.
Filled with new material, it deepens and enriches our understanding of Mann, Boetticher, and Peckinpah, adds a lengthy chapter on John Ford, and concludes with fascinating chapters analyzing and interpreting the work of Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood. It has changed considerably, however, and he discusses these changes with perceptive insight, definitive scholarship, and a passion that will satisfy both aficionados of the Western jim kitses horizons west general readers.
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