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September 9, 2019 FS 257 *watch die hard* Intro to the Western How do you know a movie is a western? The setting of the story, costume (cowboy hats, tassels, have to look like they’re from the western world) long shots/extra long shots [little people, big space] certain music motifs (bango, ambient sounds, sage brush) outlaw/hero who challenges the system Freedom of the individual vs. political system/ domestication violent, PROP (character’s relationship with his horse/animal) Civil war that tore America apart (1861-1865) Mark Schilling - Western is to the United States: repositories of national myths and cultural values - Tim Dirk argues that the Western is the defining genre of the American film industry The Western Has to be set on American Frontier From the Civil War and the arrival of the car (1865-1900) Geographically west of the Mississippi Sweeping landscapes or rugged rural terrain Time period: back to colonial period or forward to the present Geographically: south to Mexico and north to Alaska The Western includes -pokerguys -Grannys -bad guys -chop sing -jailbirds -mexicans -indians -sheriff -good guys -ladies The native Americans went from seeing as savages to people who were massacred. Silent Westerns -mainly lost
September 9, 2019 Iconic Western that we know as a culture derive from the 50’s. The Great Train Robbery was the first silent western The western itself had different ideas/shapes of what the western should be. Became more specific after the Civil war William S. Hart is VERY famous Beauty of Terrain – Americans BELIEVE that they were responsible to remove “savages” from the West. Expansionism Iconography Symbolic representation Traditional or conventional images associate with a specific subject or theme Clothes, props landscapes, etc Ionic Western Landscapes -Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming) Monument Valley (Utah) Wilderness vs. Civilization The Big Trail Was a remake of the movie Took a year to make the journey- make their way through plains, desert, terrain, etc. Lower animals and wagons down the cliff Used wide shots using wide screen technology Film was a massive flop, inspired smaller filmable stories John Wayne, was JUST starting Doesn’t show his actual person, who isn’t famous ->Known as BIG STRONG INDEPENDABLE character later on Would’ve been a success if they hadn’t made it wide screen Romance Was a big part of the West, need to start settlers and families for completing the “Western Dream,” needed to complete the goal of settling in North America Settling down and “taming the Wild,” relates to how this is still essential today in North America
September 9, 2019 Theme Face your enemies vs. Stabbing in the Back Hypermasculinity Need for population and law “The Western Hero”- he who respects the Native American culture and speaks for the his people Background and Class are not barriers – Hard Work pays off “Manifest Destiny” Good vs. Evil Breck was wearing white Villains were wearing black and looked dirty (Not always accurate, but there usually is a contrast)

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