For well more than a century, Western films have embodied the United States’ most fundamental doctrineexpansionismand depicted, in a uniquely American way, the archetypal battle between good and evil. Westerns also depict a country defined and re-defined by complex crises. World War II transformed the genre as well as the nation’s identity. Since then, Hollywood filmmakers have been fighting America’s ideological wars onscreen by translating modern-day politics into the timeless mythology of the Old West. This book surveys the most iconic and influential Westerns, examines Hollywood stars and their political stripes and reveals the familiar Western tropeswhich became elements in popular action, science fiction and horror films. This then sets the stage for the Western revival of the 1990s and a period of reinvention in the 21st century.
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About the Author
Joseph Maddrey is a television producer and freelance writer. He lives in Studio City, California.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Oaters 4
I Year of the Gun (1939) 9
II Westerners at War (1940-1946) 21
III Blood on the Moon (1947-1949) 32
IV High Noon (1950-1956) 44
V The Masculine Mystique (1950-1959) 57
VI The Lost Cowboys (1955-1959) 71
VII The New Frontier (1960-1965) 82
VIII Blood Money (1964-1968) 95
IX Mud and Rags (1967-1973) 107
X Death Wish (1971-1980) 121
XI Back to the Future (1977-1988) 133
XII Young Guns (1988-2001) 144
XIII Fever Dream (2002-2010) 155
Afterword: Destiny or Dust? 167
Appendix: Filming Locations 169
Chapter Notes 185