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From Shane to Kill Bill - Rethinking the Western [P. McGee]


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From Shane to Kill Bill: Rethinking the Western (New Approaches to Film Genre)






  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Blackwell
  • 280 pages
  • Description (from amazon): Book Description

    Original and compelling, From Shane to Kill Bill re-thinks what American Western film has to offer us as a genre. Westerns have succeeded in dramatizing the individual, defining the frontier myth, and promoting the limits of masculinity. In tracing the development of the Western from 1939 to the present, this entertaining book demonstrates that the genre is also a successful vehicle for articulating class resentments and the social contradictions in American culture.Offering sensitive readings that extend and deepen our understanding of the American West - from Shane, Stagecoach and The Searchers to Pale Rider, Unforgiven, and Kill Bill - this book discusses the Western in new and insightful ways. McGee appreciates the limits of this film genre, but also articulates its positive political value as an expression of social desires typically unspoken in American public discourse. Informative and compelling, this book suggests new understandings of this much-discussed genre.

    Original and compelling, From Shane to Kill Bill re-thinks what American Western film has to offer us as a genre. Westerns have succeeded in dramatizing the individual, defining the frontier myth, and promoting the limits of masculinity. In tracing the development of the Western from 1939 to the present, this entertaining book demonstrates that the genre is also a successful vehicle for articulating class resentments and the social contradictions in American culture.Offering sensitive readings that extend and deepen our understanding of the American West - from Shane, Stagecoach and The Searchers to Pale Rider, Unforgiven, and Kill Bill - this book discusses the Western in new and insightful ways. McGee appreciates the limits of this film genre, but also articulates its positive political value as an expression of social desires typically unspoken in American public discourse. Informative and compelling, this book suggests new understandings of this much-discussed genre.





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