100 Westerns

100 Westerns

by Edward Buscombe
     
 

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"The Western is one of Hollywood cinema's most potent and enduring genres, bound up with America's understanding of itself as a frontier nation. Edward Buscombe provides an illuminating guide to a hundred key films of the genre, from Broken Arrow to The Wild Bunch, by way of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, A Fistful of Dollars, The Magnificent Seven and The… See more details below

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"The Western is one of Hollywood cinema's most potent and enduring genres, bound up with America's understanding of itself as a frontier nation. Edward Buscombe provides an illuminating guide to a hundred key films of the genre, from Broken Arrow to The Wild Bunch, by way of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, A Fistful of Dollars, The Magnificent Seven and The Searchers. Each entry includes a plot synopsis, major credits, and a commentary on the film's significance, together with its production and exhibition history." Edward Buscombe's introduction to the volume discusses the criteria for selecting a mere hundred essential Westerns out of the thousands that have been made since the birth of the cinema. He considers the relative weight to be attached to the acknowledged great directors of the genre, such as John Ford and Sam Peckinpah, and to lesser known but significant figures such as Delmer Daves. He takes stock of the contribution of the great Western stars, including John Wayne, James Stewart and Clint Eastwood. And he argues for a selection that takes into account Westerns of the silent era, B-Westerns and singing cowboys, and those Westerns made outside America. Book jacket.

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ISBN-13:
9781844571116
Publisher:
BFI Publishing
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Series:
Screen Guides
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 6.69(h) x 0.97(d)

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