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Transcript of Western Films
The Typical Western
Typical Western Characteristics
Confrontational gun showdown
Simple justice, without regard to the law
Protagonist is usually an "anti-hero", masculine, honorable, follows a moral code, nomadic
Plot usually follows the story of a lone drifter roaming into town, challenging the bandits, or the bad guys' posse, and having a climactic high noon gun showdown
Changes in the genre:
Changes in technology and society
Dances with Wolves, 1990, takes a more sympathetic view towards Native Americans and has less of defined role between the good and evil characters.
Alyssa Di Iorio, Kyle Miller, Jeannina Bruna, Sarah Jurchuk
Set in the Old American West, with open landscapes and small towns
Includes a small town with a main road, desert plains, pianos, horses, a saloon, a jailhouse, tumbleweeds, guns, trains
For a Few Dollars More, 1965
McCabe & Mrs. Miller, 1971
The Great Train Robbery, 1903
Less romanticized version of America's Western Expansion.
More complexity than the simple good, evil and justice.
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Revisionist Westerns (around the 1960's)
Spaghetti Westerns (1960's and 1970's)
Dodge City, 1939
1. The Revenge Plot (Desperado, 1995)
2. The Union Pacific Story - focuses on the construction of a new technology, like a railroad, to expand the west (Union Pacific, 1939)
3. The Ranch story - Ranch owners receive threats from hustlers or large landowners to leave their land (Once Upon a Time in the West, 1968)
4. The Empire story - a rags-to-riches plot
5. The Outlaw story - Gangs of outlaws are the main focus
6. The Marshal story - plot focuses on the dedicated police officer
7. The cavalry-and-indians story - new settlers exploiting and expanding the territory