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Horizons West : The Western from John Ford to Clint Eastwood - Jim Kitses

Horizons West

The Western from John Ford to Clint Eastwood

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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 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 movements 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.

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"Indispensable guide to the Western."--Douglas Pye

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Directing the Western: Practice and Theoryp. 1
John Ford: Founding Fatherp. 27
Anthony Mann: The Overreacherp. 139
Budd Boetticher: Rules of the Gamep. 173
Sam Peckinpah: The Savage Eyep. 201
Sergio Leone: A Fistful of Westernsp. 249
Clint Eastwood: Tightrope Walkerp. 285
Select Filmographyp. 316
Select Bibliographyp. 322
Indexp. 329
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ISBN: 9781844570508
ISBN-10: 1844570509
Series: BFI Film Classics
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 3rd November 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.5  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised