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Directed by George Stevens, then one of Hollywood's most successful filmmakers, Shane (1952) is one of the most revered and imitated of all westerns. Starring Alan Ladd as a mysterious drifter who protects a fledgling community from a predatory gang, Shane is one of the definitive reimaginings of America's frontier mythology.
This is, remarkably, the first substantial study of Shane. In it, Edward Countryman and Evonne von Heussen-Countryman show, with reference to a wide range of historical and archival sources, how subtly the film treats some fundamental themes: family, the history of settlement and community in America, violence, and the culture of the gun.
"Authoritatively and cogently argued in a way that often makes the book hard to put down."--"Sight and Sound
|The Purest Western of All||p. 9|
|Jack Schaefer, George Stevens and 'Shane'||p. 11|
|Intense Simplicity: The Stevens Technique||p. 12|
|Steven's 'Shane': A Synopsis||p. 18|
|The Production of 'Shane'||p. 22|
|Stevens and American History: Matters of Fact||p. 32|
|Stevens and History: How Change Happens||p. 35|
|Men with Fists and Guns||p. 42|
|Marion's Awakening||p. 55|
|Loners and Outsiders||p. 65|
|'Shane' and the Western Genre||p. 71|
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Series: BFI Film Classics
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 26th November 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.0 x 13.6 x 0.66
Weight (kg): 0.15
Edition Number: 1