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  • American Film Genres By Stanley Solomon
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    English 1 January 28, 2005 Summary Of Beyond Formula: American Film Genres The passage taken from the book, "Beyond Formula: American Film Genres" by Stanley Solomon, focuses specifically on Western films. Solomon suggests that, "the Western is primarily a genre of location", (56) which not only suggests the plot of the movie but the characters portrayed in the film as well. If the location is based in a harsh or rugged environment, the viewers automatically assume that the characters in the fil...
  • Old West
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    Produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, Unforgiven is simply the most realistic western ever put to film. Never before has a movie so faithfully captured what the old west was really like, while at the same time delivering a message about how nothing good ever comes from violence. It's no surprise that the film easily walked away with the Best Picture Academy Award for 1992. When a customer cuts up a prostitute and goes unpunished, the women put out a bounty on his head and his partner's. Eastw...
  • Fun Of Stereotypical Western Elements
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    Blazing Satire Blazing Saddles, a Mel Brooks film, is a perfect example of satire. The main object of the movie is to make fun of the western genre of films. Mel Brooks is notorious for his satires of many different films and film genres, and Blazing Saddles follows true to form as, in some opinions, one of the funniest films made. Many of the film's ideas and problems are common in most westerns, although Mel Brooks has added a twist. In addition, the movie pokes fun at a more modern theme, rac...
  • Western Films
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    Throughout history Americans have had a fascination with unexplored, uncharted, and untamed territory. Never has this been so pronounced as with the American west. Stories of bravery, new peoples, cultures, and strange new lands have enchanted Americans for nearly two centuries. This attraction is strikingly prominent in the film history of the west. Yet, despite it's early and lasting popularity, the Western has not until recent years attracted the attention of interpretive critics. Many critic...
  • Shift In Plot Patterns Of Western Films
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    Will Wright's work Six Guns & Society is a proposal of a sociology of the economically most successful Western movies in the four decades between 1930 and 1972. Mr. Wright selects as the basis for his study, the sixty-four Western films that figure into the Motion Picture Herald's top - grossing charts, that is films that made over four million dollars. Wright calls his book a "structural study of the Western", and all of his research is strongly tied to the work of Claude Levi-Strauss, Kenneth ...
  • Costume Action Films And Westerns
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    Arguably the most popular - and certainly the busiest - movie leading man in Hollywood history, John Wayne entered the film business while working as a laborer on the Fox Studios lot during summer vacations from university, which he attended on a football scholarship. He met and was befriended by John Ford, a young director who was beginning to make a name for himself in action films, comedies, and dramas. Wayne was cast in small roles in Ford's late-'20's films, occasionally under the name Duke...
  • Boetticher Scott Westerns
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    A NOT-SO-ACCURATE prophet once wrote, 'As recently as 1972, there were a tremendous number of quality Westerns being made... and since there seems to be a ten-year cycle in Western movie making, I'd say we " ll see more in about 1982. ' 1 In 1982 only two Westerns were released, and neither was exactly a major success. Barbarossa, starring Willie Nelson, drew some respectable reviews-and some very damaging ones-but nobody went to see the film. The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez appeared first on PBS ...
  • Western Genre Films
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    John Walker March 1st, 2002 Film Studies 296 The Matrix, The "Western" Never Known As stated by the title, there is great reason why the Matrix should be treated in the same context, although not identified, as a western. This film genre is steeped in tradition and lore. There are many definitions abound as to what may constitute a "Western film". The main goal is to see whether or not this paper can illustrate the genre be pushed towards the future. Whether it means the 20th century, the 21st c...
  • More Recent Paradigms Of Action Film Masculinity
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    Simply by its name, the action film genre would seem to be the easiest of all genres to describe. In fact, unlike a genre such as the Western, whose generic markers are largely clear-cut (deserts, cowboys, horses, shoot-outs on Main Street, the frontier), the action film can be defined so broadly that it becomes a term of almost no use at all. Technically, as marked by the cry of "action" by the director at the beginning of all scenes, every film is an action film, and all films have action in t...
  • Films Of Chinese Film Maker Zhang Yimou
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    In conclusion it can be said that personal and political factors have shaped the films of Chinese film-maker Zhang Yimou and caused him to come under the close surveillance of the Chinese censors. Zhang's family's opposition to the ruling Communist Party prevented him from being able to join the Youth League which was the stepping stone to the Communist Party. During the Cultural Revolution he had to work as a labourer in a spinning mill. The enforced "rustication" undergone by those who, like Z...
  • Every Other Western Film
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    Discuss the representation of gender in Sam Raimi's The Quick and The Dead (1995) The term representation is the way something is shown to us after going through the process of mediation. The real thing undertakes the stages of mediation being constantly changed, edited and built upon along the way. What is finally shown to us is a representation of the original thing. For example an old lady is normally represented to us on screen as either a sweet old grey haired grandma who sits knitting all ...
  • Fairy Tales And Film Narrative
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    How relevant is the work of Propp and Levi-Strauss to the study of cinema This essay will focus on the different approaches to narrative structure employed by folklorist, Vladimir Propp and anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss to see if they can be applied to the study of narrative cinema. In his book, Morphology of the Folktale, 1928, Vladimir Propp analysed a group of Russian folk-tales in order to see if they all shared common structural features. As the title suggests he 'breaks down the tale...

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