When the earliest filmgoers watched The Great Train Robbery in 1903, many of them shrieked in terror at the very last clip when one of the outlaws turns directly toward the camera and fires a gun, seemingly, directly at the audience. The puff of smoke was sudden and it was hand colored so that it looked real. Today, we can look back at that primitive movie and see all the elements of what would evolve into the Western genre. Perhaps it is the Western"s early origins-The Great Train Robbery wasthe first narrative, commercial movie-or its formulaic yet entertaining structure that has made the Western so popular. Whatever the case may be, with the recent success of films like 3:10 to Yuma and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, the Western appears to be in no danger of disappearing. The story of the western is told in The A to Z of Westerns in Cinema through a chronology, a bibliography, and an introductory essay. However, it is the hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on cinematographers; composers; producers; films like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Dances With Wolves, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, High Noon, The Magnificent Seven, The Searchers, Tombstone, and Unforgiven; such actors as Gene Autry, Kirk Douglas, Clint Eastwood, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, and John Wayne; and directors like John Ford and Sergio Leone that will have you reaching for this book again and again.
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Get this from a library! The A to Z of Westerns in Cinema.. [Paul Varner] -- When the earliest filmgoers watched The Great Train Robbery in , many of them shrieked in terror at the very last clip when one of the outlaws turns directly toward the camera and fires a gun. The A to Z of Westerns in Cinema. Aug Henry Cabot Beck. Dr. Paul Varner is one of only a small handful of scholars who are dedicated to the study of Western films and literature. A professor of English at Abilene Christian University in Texas, his new book, which is part of an ongoing series of “A-Z” books from Scarecrow Press, is an. Genre/Form: Electronic books Dictionaries: Additional Physical Format: Print version: Varner, Paul. A to Z of westerns in cinema. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, A to Z of Westerns in Cinema it was ok avg rating — 1 rating — published — 4 editions Want to Read saving /5(2).
Spaghetti Westerns were characterized with more violence and action than the typical Western. The best-known director in this genre is Sergio Leone. His most popular films include the Dollars Trilogy, filmed from to , including A Fistful of Dollars, For . The A to Z of Westerns in Cinema The A to Z Guide Series: : Varner, Paul: Books. Skip to main Hello, Sign in. Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists Returns & Orders. Try. Prime Basket. Books Go Search Hello Select your address. on Page Three: Selected Favorite Western Movies, to on Page Four: Selected Favorite Western Movies, from Western Movie DVD Collections Pages. silent movie cowboy star Broncho Billy Anderson  Page. actor-director Clint Eastwood Page. director John Ford  Page. movie cowboy star Hoot Gibson  Page. understand how the Western changed over time, specifically from to , the era during which the legendary director of Westerns, John Ford, worked in that genre. The Western. As noted above, the Western film genre is based on a specific time and place, although the Western itself was a highly stylized representation.
Western Movies: A Guide to 5, Feature Films delivers what it promises: paragraph-long entries on 5, Westerns, each listing the title, release date, run time, director, writer, and cast, along with a one-sentence plot synopsis and a one-sentence evaluation. The entries take up three-column pages, and the name index takes up 58 five-column pages printed in even smaller type/5(3). Genre: Western, Films: Spaghetti Westerns. Spaghetti Westerns were developed in the s and s. These films tended to be low budget and were often shot on location in a desert. Spaghetti Westerns introduced more violence into the larger Western genre. The protagonist often had less noble motivations in the film, contrary to the classic Cowboy hero. These articles are about films based on Western novels. Subcategories. This category has only the following subcategory. F Films based on works by Zane Grey (75 P) Pages in category "Films based on Western (genre) novels" The following pages are in this category, out of approximately total.