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Shane : BFI Film Classics - Evonne Von Heussen-Countryman

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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

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
The Purest Western of Allp. 9
Jack Schaefer, George Stevens and 'Shane'p. 11
Intense Simplicity: The Stevens Techniquep. 12
Steven's 'Shane': A Synopsisp. 18
The Production of 'Shane'p. 22
Stevens and American History: Matters of Factp. 32
Stevens and History: How Change Happensp. 35
Men with Fists and Gunsp. 42
Marion's Awakeningp. 55
Loners and Outsidersp. 65
'Shane' and the Western Genrep. 71
Creditsp. 76
Bibliographyp. 77
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780851707327
ISBN-10: 0851707327
Series: BFI Film Classics
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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