100 Westerns (Bfi Screen Guides)
Edward BuscombeISBN: 1844571122;
The Western is one of Hollywood cinema's most potent and enduring genres, bound up with America's understanding of itself as a frontier nation. Ed Buscombe provides an illuminating guide to a hundred key films of the genre, from Bad Day at Black Rock to The Wild Bunch, to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid , A Fistful of Dollars , The Searchers and The Magnificent Seven . Each entry includes a plot synopsis, major credits, and a commentary on the film's significance and its production and exhibition history. Ed Buscombe's introduction to the volume addresses the perennial appeal of the Western, exploring as an element of nineteenth century popular culture, and examining its relationship to the economic structure of Hollywood. He considers the defining features of the Western--the concept of the frontier and the key role of masculinity--and traces its main cycles, from the epic Westerns of the 1920s and singing cowboys of the 1930s to the...
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