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Showdown at High Noon : Witch-Hunts, Critics, and the End of the Western - Jeremy Byman

Showdown at High Noon

Witch-Hunts, Critics, and the End of the Western

Paperback Published: 28th June 2004
ISBN: 9780810849983
Number Of Pages: 344

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For more than fifty years, High Noon has been a touchstone in the popular imagination and a source of endless controversy about film art. On its release it was hailed as a masterpiece. But film historians and theorists have also reviled it almost from the beginning as pretentious "social realism" inspired by its screenwriter's victimization by the red-hunting House Committee on Un-American Activities. Showdown at High Noon is the study of a film caught between popular admiration and critical disdain. In order to understand how and why High Noon has elicited such disparate reactions, author Jeremy Byman explores all of its elements, from its origins in the mind of blacklisted screenwriter Carl Foreman to its long-lasting impact on culture, American and otherwise. High Noon not only affected the westerns that followed it, but also changed filmmaking in fundamental ways. By analyzing its political, cultural, and thematic implications, Byman reveals how this one film has had such a profound and enduring influence, a long lasting impact that cannot be so easily dismissed. Includes 8 pages of photos.

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Argues that High Noon was seminal in anticipating the "new," darker Western, and that the film's realist aesthetic was particularly undervalued by auteur critics...fundamentally evaluative...--CHOICE

Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
The World of High Noon
Showdownp. 3
High Noon Enters Popular Legendp. 17
Independent Production and the Rise of Stanley Kramerp. 29
The Red Scare and the Blacklistp. 49
Communism and Conformity
Writing High Noon, Facing the Blacklistp. 71
The Failed Communityp. 103
Westerns and Anti-Westerns
Formula and Subversionp. 123
High Noon and the End of the Westernp. 159
Auteurs, Critics, and Collaborative Filmmaking
Auteurs and Westernsp. 181
The Making of High Noonp. 207
The Film As Film
A Citizen Named Kanep. 253
Noir at High Noonp. 269
Bibliographyp. 295
Indexp. 309
About the Authorp. 315
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ISBN: 9780810849983
ISBN-10: 0810849984
Series: Scarecrow Filmmakers (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 28th June 2004
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.56 x 12.8  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.48

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