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Assignment 2 Lisa Marie Migliorisi AMS/CIN 230 2/17/2011
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According to Lee Mitchell in “Violence in the Film Western” in what way is the landscape important for defining manhood? Constance Rourke argues that “a characteristic humor has emerge, quiet, explosive, competitive, often grounded in good humor, still theatrical at bottom and full of large fantasy.” Describe one scene from the films we have seen thus far that illustrate her point.
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According to Lee Mitchell, a landscape is defined as “western” by the absence of familiar signs encoded as female. By this, he means that the western film is based around men, and manliness. The idea that western landscape defines man is evident in The Red River . The picture attached portrays this suggestion. The landscape can be defined as strong, or rugged, mirroring the characters Thomas, Matt, and Nadine. Aside from the fact that this movie was in black and white, the imagery portrayed says enough. Starting from the top of the frame, the sky has a very defined structure. The clouds arrange in a way that outlines the jagged mountains. Mountains are
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