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  Western Films or Westerns
Westerns are often set on the American frontier during the last part of the 19th century (1865-1900) following the Civil War, in a geographically western (trans-Mississippi) setting with romantic, sweeping frontier landscapes or rugged rural terrain.
The western film genre often portrays the conquest of the wilderness and the subordination of nature, in the name of civilization, or the confiscation of the territorial rights of the original inhabitants of the frontier.
Western films have also been called the horse opera, the oater (quickly-made, short western films which became as commonplace as oats for horses), or the cowboy picture.
www.filmsite.org /westernfilms.html   (1798 words)

 DVD Films - Compare Prices in the US with Find And Compare
Three classic boris karloff films on one disc: the ape (1940) doomed to die (1940) and the fatal hour (1940).
Comparaison de produits et de prix en Film en France.
Find and compare products and prices in our DVD Films department in the United Kingdom.
films.findandcompare.com   (186 words)

 A Literary History of the American West   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Thus, early in the film Douglas sits astride his cow pony, and in the background, framing and bulking the composition, is a high mound of compressed automobile chassis.
The spaghetti Western may have liberated the American Western in the closing years of the decade and into the seventies, for a burst of creativity equal to the greatest cycles of the genre in the past took place.
The Western used to be a family film; fathers (and mothers) took their sons (and daughters) to see Westerns; in some families it was a weekly ritual.
www2.tcu.edu /depts/prs/amwest/html/wl1256.html   (2378 words)

 Western Films @ Filmbug UK
Westerns are arts works (films, books, television shows, and paintings right off; see Frederic Remington; we focus on movies) devoted to telling romanticized tales of the American West (see Westward Expansion in History of the United States).
In the United States, the western has had an extremely rich history that spans many genres (comedy, drama, tragedy, parody, musical, etc.) The golden age of the western film is epitomised by the work of two directors: John Ford (who often used John Wayne for lead roles) and Howard Hawks.
An offshoot of the western genre is the "post-apocalyptic" western, in which a future society, struggling to rebuild after a major catastrophe, is portrayed in a manner very similar to the 19th century frontier.
www.filmbug.co.uk /dictionary/westerns.php   (1085 words)

Anthony Mann's final foray into the western genre is a disturbing examination of man's baser instincts, rising in intensity to the level of Shakespearean tragedy.
Filmed on location in the Rockies, the rugged tale follows a group of bounty hunters in pursuit of a killer with a price on his head.
Promoted as a follow-up to the popular 1939 western Dodge City (which, indeed, was left wide open for a sequel in its closing scenes), Virginia City bears only surface resemblance to the earlier film.
www.timelesstheater.com /Western.html   (3195 words)

 Polish Poster and Western Films
Western Films produced in West Germany and occasionally Britain and France were screened but the Poles had no appetite for Spaghetti Westerns and only few were shown.
Klyk's amateur "kielbasa Westerns" in their own way highlight the behavior that represents to the Polish audience the freedom-loving Westerner and they show what in the eyes of Poles should be the spirit of men away from home.
It is difficult to choose one's favorite western from among the numerous posters of Mlodozeniec since his style of work lends itself so aptly to both the simplicity and complexity of style that a Polish film poster, and particularly the western, represents.
members.aol.com /Amerikanski/autry.html   (19974 words)

 Images - The Western
The iconography of the Western is the largest and richest of all the film genres, and Hollywood has burned it into the minds of moviegoers from Dodge City to Timbuktu.
An historic overview of the early days of the genre from the late 1890s until the close of the silent era in the late 1920s with an emphasis on how the Western myth was developed and refined from its earliest articulation in dime novels and Wild West Shows.
Critics either blasted or ignored these films, and because most of them were financed by Italian companies, they called them "spaghetti westerns." Fans of the genre embraced the term which is now lovingly used to label any Western made and financed by Continental filmmakers.
www.imagesjournal.com /issue06/infocus.htm   (484 words)

After the fifties, French labels Western genre as Kennedy Western and as Goldwater Western, the pair of freshman senators in 1953 were respectively the spokesmen for and against the New Frontier.
Contains the core and meat of the Western film, with the focus on violence, which is innately in the life of Americans or for that matter any country.
This film is one of reminiscence and nostalgia directed toward and given to the Western genre.
www.lehigh.edu /~ineng/jdg/jdg-filmic.htm   (2353 words)

 BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Film | Risking all to show Western films
The release from prison of an Iranian cleric jailed and defrocked for screening Western films to his students has highlighted the high sensitivity in much of the country towards cinema.
Ali Afsahi was arrested after showing such films to his students as Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers, which aroused strong debate around the world on release in 1994 for its graphic violence.
Film is a very important medium, and they must understand that before they repel it.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/film/3147093.stm   (614 words)

 Images - Spaghetti Westerns
One notable film of this period was Ricardo Blasco's Gunfight at Red Sands (1963) with Richard Harrison, who would eventually star in seventeen Spaghetti Westerns.
This violent, cynical and visually stunning film introduced The Man With No Name, the anti-heroic gunslinger for whom money is the only motivation and the villains are merely obstacles to be removed.
Many later films followed this formula of the lone gunman in pursuit of money to the exclusion of all else.
www.imagesjournal.com /issue06/infocus/spaghetti.htm   (747 words)

 B-Movie Westerns at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Although Johnny Mack Brown was a star in silent films, audiences today know him better for the numerous westerns he starred in from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.
John Russell acted in such westerns as Fort Massacre and Rio Bravo and went on to star in the TV western Lawman.
It is our hope that this Western magazine will awaken the memories in your heart, and also help bring to light the values of the Western to those who didn't have the benefit of knowing these wonderful heroes and villains.
www.briansdriveintheater.com /westerns.html   (806 words)

 Westerns Channel Sponsors Focus on Western Films at Starz Denver International Film Festival
Additionally, the Westerns channel will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Western film with festival screenings of early silent Westerns, two original documentaries, plus a seminar on the portrayal of Native Americans in film.
This year, the Western film celebrates its 100th anniversary, and the Westerns channel has commemorated this landmark centennial with "A Century of Westerns," a yearlong retrospective covering this distinctly American genre, hosted by acclaimed actor James Garner.
The Western film genre is among the most distinctly American of inventions and its popularity endures, as is evidenced by the continuing appeal of the Westerns channel.
www.prnewswire.com /cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/10-09-2003/0002033075&EDATE=   (575 words)

 Open Directory - Arts: Movies: Genres: Cowboy Westerns   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Images: The Western - The iconography of the Western is the largest and richest of all the film genres, and Hollywood has burned it into the minds of moviegoers from Dodge City to Timbuktu.
Western Films - Article covering the history of the genre, including the silent era and early B-westerns, major stars, influential films, and sub-genres.
Wild East: Spaghetti Western - Detailed examination of the sub-genre, with particular reference to its impact on the film industry and the revitalisation of the Western.
dmoz.org /Arts/Movies/Genres/Cowboy_Westerns   (379 words)

 American Cowboy magazine / 100 Years of Western Films
By the 1990s, thematically, the Western was all over the map, and its major actors and directors were retired or dead.
Westerns had done this to an extent even in the 1940s, when Gene Autry fought gangsters who sped away in modern roadsters.
In 1992 the resurgence of the Western and the primacy of the revisionist Western began, with the release of Dances With Wolves, produced and directed by Kevin Costner.
www.americancowboy.com /nd03/film/100years_film_nd03.shtml   (1915 words)

 The Silent Westerns   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Though motion pictures are a distinctly twentieth century phenomenon, the silent westerns represent "old myths in new packages"; one critic in 1919 even called them the "modern dime novels." Silent film perpetuates old myths of the West, but it is in many ways a unique medium.
Historically, it overlaps with the decline of the "Old West," so that it is at once an instrument for mythologizing and recording a dying frontier; indeed it often blurs the distinctions between history and myth in the personages of cowboys-turned-actors, outlaws-turned-directors, and western landscapes-turned-movie sets.
Also, the silent film was a vehicle well suited for the transmission of myths to American audiences, many of whom in the earliest days of silent film were recent immigrants.
xroads.virginia.edu /~HYPER/HNS/Westfilm/west.html   (329 words)

 AmericanWest - Western Films
Western Books and both classic and new Western Movies.
Listed below are the thirteen best western films of all time according to a few reputable sources.
There are some excellent films with up to 3 1/2 stars but they did not qualify for this list.
www.americanwest.com /films/films.htm   (417 words)

 Peckinpah: The Western films   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
"Peckinpah: The Western Films" is set in white, while "A Reconsideration" and the author's name are set in an autumnal brown that suggests the seasonal feeling of the films as well as capturing the tone dwelling within the complicated personality of the artist who created them.
He was also working as a film editor and, in between pictures, like Cezanne reworking a canvas, he polished, refined, and expanded his book.
Finally, the film and the book let Sam Peckinpah "Enter his house justified." They are both landmarks, significant contributions not only to cinema, but to American culture as a whole.
www.editorsguild.com /newsletter/peckinpah.html   (425 words)

 Narinjara News
A resident of Akyab said, " All foreign films, especially English and American, have been prohibited by the government authority." He added that the prohibition of western films is intended to promote Burmese films among the non-Burman Arakanese people.
Now video house owners have to bribe intelligence department agents and the local police to show western films covertly while putting posters for Burmese films in front of the gate of video houses, reports our correspondent.
recently said such prohibition western films and promotion of Burmese films is a part of an ethnic assimilation program.
www.ibiblio.org /obl/docs/NN2004-07-01.htm   (266 words)

 The CHUD.COM Message Boards - The Rise & Fall of Western Horror
I could go as far to say that all the kung-fu and wire-fu in modern western films only comes from the Matrix and not directly from actual kung-fu films at all, but i might be picking hairs there.
Secondly, I hear you to some degree that Western horror may be in someting of a decline quality wise, despite that fact that seemingly more horror properties are being released or are in devolopment than in some time.
Western horror really hasn't changed much in the last 20 years - the Scream franchise, Final Destination, Jeepers Creepers, all prove that we haven't moved on from the one-by-one bumping off of a group of bratty teenages, in various and tedious ways.
www.chud.com /forums/printthread.php?t=70826   (4049 words)

 Cinephiles Discussion Forums: Western Films
Westerns are marked by their rural settings and their action-filled
Western myth, but also in other ways may be seen to affirm it.
The theoretical underpinnings for the genocide were established LONG before the time frame of the "Western" in literature and obviously the movies.
www.cinephiles.net /discuss/messages/1/3981.html?1006841619   (1651 words)

 Universal Sound Westerns, 1929-1946
As with any film genre, every studio was responsible for their good material, as well as their poor efforts.
The history of the western films of any studio is often the film track of our youth.
The amount of serious film history research that is going on today is incredible, and with efforts like ‘Universal Sound Westerns’, the past will never be boring, and lost due to apathy.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/western_collectibles/106544   (895 words)

 100 Years of Westerns Henry Ford, Anthony Mann, Henry King,
One of the biggest Western stars to emerge in the 1930s was William Boyd, who in the 1920s had been a matinee idol in films directed by Cecil B. DeMille and others.
Boyd, along with his horse, Topper, acted in 54 Cassidy films between 1935 and 1944; in 1946, Boyd produced the series himself, making a dozen or so more, as well as purchasing the rights to the films along with the rights to merchandise the name and image of Hopalong Cassidy.
The model developed by Hoppy films was similar to that of Republic’s Three Mesquiteers series, based on characters developed by novelist William Colt McDonald, who’d placed Americanized versions of Dumas’ Three Musketeers within a Western setting.
www.americancowboy.com /mj03/100years_film.mj03.shtml   (641 words)

 Amazon.ca: Books: B-Western Boot Hill   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
He was immediately impressed by the moral code of these films, and has tried to pattern his life after the example set by the cowboy heroes.
His love for the old western films was put on the shelf and lay dormant for some 35 years.
He continues to contribute articles to the various western magazines, and received the "Buck Jones rangers trophy," presented annually to individuals demonstrating consistent dedication to keeping the spirit of the B-western alive.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0944019285   (907 words)

 Spaghettiwestern   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The vast majority of Spaghetti Westerns were filmed on location in Spain, usually near the Mediterranean coastal town of Almeria.
Set in 1899, this film dealt with the passing of the old ways of the West, with Fonda as the aging gunfighter who gives way to a younger man. The Spaghetti Western hung on for a while and all but disappeared after 1975.
New films, such as John Woo's ultra-violent action flicks and Robert Rodriguez's Desperado, are hailed as "modern Spaghetti Westerns." But the images that remain the most memorable don't always involve gunshots and falling bodies.
www.wildeast.net /spaghettiwestern.htm   (3153 words)

 Best Western Films
This Italian made film (Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo), uses its Spanish set to full advantage and is the grandfather of the Sphagetti Western genre.
Even if you never watch a western again; this is one which you must see.
Not entirely a Western but that is certainly the main theme that runs through this vision of the future.
www.hippy.freeserve.co.uk /western.htm   (133 words)

 Dark West - The Western Films of Anthony Mann and Jimmy Stuart | September 2000 | American Western Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
It seems incongruous at first that Mann's dark stories should be filmed in the Rockies, instead of the barren locations of Monument valley.
Unhampered by a conscience, it is easy for him to find the killer within himself — something which Kemp, for all his cynicism, is unable to do until it is in self-defense.
At the end of that film Kemp uses his spur as a climbing tool, once more forced to climb a rock to reach Vandergroat.
www.readthewest.com /WesternMovies.html   (1198 words)

 The Old Corral - Homepage
As the Old Corral has expanded, it has been recognized as a comprehensive history and ongoing study of the B western, the western film performers, and the production companies and personnel.
The ad/artwork and pictures on this website are from the collections of myself and many contributors, including friends and relatives of western film performers and production people.
When originally released, this material was considered as disposable publicity and advertising, and was distributed to theaters, newspapers, trade publications and movie reviewers, and was also freely given away to fan clubs and fans as well as to the production personnel and performers involved in the making of these old B-westerns and serials.
www.surfnetinc.com /chuck/trio.htm   (1489 words)

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