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BOOK REVIEWS Horizons West: Directing the Western from John. Ford to Clint Eastwood. By Jim Kitses. London: BFI Publishing, pp. Photography. Jim Kitses. Horizons West. Bloom- ington: Indiana University Press,. Colin McArthur. Underworld USA. New York: The Viking Press, These books. When first published in , Horizons West was immediately recognised as the definitive critical account of the By: Jim Kitses Media of Horizons West.

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Contact Contact Us Help. The chapter on Sam Peckinpah left something to be desired since, at the time, Peckinpah had only three feature films–all of them westerns–under his belt. It is fine reading for anyone interested in the Western. The Sea Wolf [Blu-ray]. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

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Horizons West: The Western from John Ford to Clint Eastwood by Jim Kitses

Although he hints at such an underlying generic collision throughout his analysis of Ford and again in his chapter on Leone, he never deals with its implications kltses the Western or what this might mean for genre theory. But the book is deeply flawed by his pedantic writing style. There is no question Jim Kitses knows intimately the movies he explores in this work.

In seeking to discern the artistic personality of the director across a body of films, auteurism spurred the academic study of Hollywood ijm. On the one hand, theorists arrive at a relatively simple definition of a particular genre for instance, musicals contain song and dance routines that can be used as an inclusive generic checklist and applied to a broad range of examples.


In lieu of an abstract, wet is a brief excerpt of the content: Not only does this neglect the rich pre-cinematic history of the Western Wild West Horizoons and literary traditions such as the Leatherstocking Tales, to name a few and its ongoing popularity during the silent era, Kitses does not do justice to the televisual renaissance of the Western in the 60s, which occurred even as Leone was re-vitalising the Western for American audiences.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This greatly expanded new edition is, like the original, written in a graceful, penetrating and absorbingly readable style.

The critical reception of Leone in studies of the Western has been extensively discussed by Christopher Frayling, in his analysis of the Spaghetti Western. James Marsh rated it really liked it Jul 15, There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Add both to Cart Add both to List. Anders als im Ford-Kapitel verzichtet Kitses im Zusammenhang mit Mann und Boetticher auf eine eingehendere Behandlung einzelner Filme und geht statt dessen kriteriengeleitet vor. British Film Institute Illustrations: A number of photos of actors and sets are included as is information on who wrote, starred in, and produced most of them.

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Click here to order this book directly from. Obviously, they aren’t even present to defend their views and what they had to say is almost always very briefly paraphrased and characterized, so Kitses trumps them every time by having the final and much more developed word.


Being included in the Western canon is not extended to everyone, it seems. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

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David rated it it was amazing May 04, Chris rated it it horiaons amazing Aug 29, Open Preview See a Problem? Ein umfangreiches Register erleichtert dem Leser das Suchen nach bestimmten Informationen. Customers who bought this item also bought. Published September 1st by British Film Institute. It provides a compelling account of the powerful mythology of America’s past as forged by Western films and the men who made them.

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Kitses has added a marvelous chapter on John Ford, which examines all Ford’s westerns from Stagecoach to Cheyenne Autumn British Film Institute; 2nd edition September 1, Language: Lares rated it it was amazing Wesf 15, Write a customer review.

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He is not a clever or colorful wordsmith, to put it politely.