Encyclopedia of Westerns

Encyclopedia of Westerns

by Herb Fagen, Tom Selleck
     
 

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Fagen, an expert on the Hollywood western, looks at the thousands of westerns that have captivated audiences for the past 100 years. Each of some 3,500 entries includes information on the film's director, writers and screenwriters, cast, and running time, along with a summary of the film and critical analysis of selected films. There is an overview of westerns at the

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Fagen, an expert on the Hollywood western, looks at the thousands of westerns that have captivated audiences for the past 100 years. Each of some 3,500 entries includes information on the film's director, writers and screenwriters, cast, and running time, along with a summary of the film and critical analysis of selected films. There is an overview of westerns at the Academy Awards, plus a look at literary sources, an appendix listing spaghetti westerns, and b&w film stills. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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The film Western receives a four-star treatment from Fagen (Stand Tall, Pilgrim: Remembering John Wayne and His Movies). Following a foreword by Tom Selleck and a preface by Dale Robertson, Fagen briefly traces the history of the genre, clearly defining purpose, methodology, and organization. The bulk of the book is made up of more than 3500 film entries, ranging from The Great Train Robbery (1902) to The Quick and the Dead (1995). Typically, entries include title, studio, year, running time, VHS/DVD availability, credits, and annotation (which may feature a plot synopsis, quotations, critical reaction, and personal comments by the author). Longer annotations yield a wealth of information, such as the revelation that most historians of the American West consider High Noon's portrayal of sheriff and citizens inaccurate. The appendixes list Italian spaghetti Westerns (which actually originated in Germany), Oscar nominees and winners, films based on literary sources, and additional silent and sound films. Fagen's knowledge of, and love for, his subject shine through every page of this unique and valuable work. The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: The Western provides similar coverage but does not include silent films. Suitable for scholar and fan alike in both public and academic libraries.-M.C. Duhig, Carnegie Lib. of Pittsburgh Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780816044573
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
618
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 11.52(h) x 1.15(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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