o The 1940s are often thought of as the classical age of the Western film

O The 1940s are often thought of as the classical age of the Western film

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o The 1940s are often thought of as the classical age of the Western film ° 1940s were the time of WWII • In the 1930s, during the Depression, Americans weren’t feeling good about their country • With the War, Americans got much more nationalistic ° Imperialistic Westerns came along with the 1940s ° 1944: Buffalo Bill (Henry Ford) • This was one of more than a dozen movies with Buffalo Bill in the title ° 1946: My Darling Clementine (also Henry Ford) • The murder of the Clantons by the Erps • The taming of savagery by civilization • There have been at least six films retelling this same
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Unformatted text preview: historical story. The early films are heroic, while the later films are increasingly skeptical 1943: The Oxbow Incident A film about lynching and the evils of majority rule An innocent man is hanged 1949: Red River (Hawks) Undercurrents about homosexuality Montgomery Cliff stood for a kind of decency and tenderness o By the 1950s and 1960s, the Western has become more urban Billy the Kid, for example, is a misunderstood kid who plays hooky all the time 1961: One-Eyed Jacks , with Marlon Brando Undermines traditional notions of macho masculinity 1962: Hombre...
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