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The Western

by filmcapsule
UNDER CONSTRUCTION The Western is my favorite of the classic Hollywood film genres. A classical, almost mythic narrative under any guise, the Western spoke to a uniquely American instinct of justice through violence, the ethics of revenge and the creation of a new country and a new set of frontier values. Tellingly, the historical era of the Western corresponds neatly with the birth of cinema itself, as if the very technology of cinema simultaneously destroyed the West and allowed it to be mythologized and romanticized through narrative. This list is an incomplete compilation of films that contribute to the aesthetic and thematic legacy of… Read more

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

The Western is my favorite of the classic Hollywood film genres. A classical, almost mythic narrative under any guise, the Western spoke to a uniquely American instinct of justice through violence, the ethics of revenge and the creation of a new country and a new set of frontier values. Tellingly, the historical era of the Western corresponds neatly with the birth of cinema itself, as if the very technology of cinema simultaneously destroyed the West and allowed it to be mythologized and romanticized through narrative.

This list is an incomplete compilation of films that contribute to the aesthetic and thematic legacy of the Western. I’m not so interested in which plots, time periods, eras or locations make a Western a Western, just in making a representative sample of the genre I love. The list is presented in chronological order (of the films I’ve seen), though there are many blind spots to fill, particularly in the Western’s early, tumultuous history.

Others:

Terror in a Texas Town
Magnificent Seven
Two Rode Together
Ford Apache
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Outlaw Josie Wales
Assassination of Jessie James
Fort Apache
Pale Rider
Last of the Mohicans
Jubal

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