The Critical List : Westerns
I have a new Critical List up on Eat, Sleep, Live Film and this time it’s looking at Westerns:
Over the decades the Western has gone through some marked changes. During the genre’s heyday of the 1930’s and 40’s, Western movies all followed a fairly similar pattern, the good guys wore white hats and saved the day whilst upholding a strict moral code, whilst the bad guys wore black hats, sought to exploit and intimidate the ordinary frontiersman and inevitably lost. Meanwhile the Native Americans were nothing but dangerous savages out to destroy the god-fearing white settlers. By the late 1950’s and into the 1960’s, the distinction between good and bad became slightly more blurred as the gun-slinging anti-hero became more popular and the portrayal of Native Americans became far more compassionate. The harsh reality of the American advance west and the terrible hardships endured by both Native American and settler alike were brought further into focus. Finally, by the late 1960’s and onwards there was the rise of the so-called Spaghetti Western (so called of course because many of them were shot in Italy) a grungy low-fi version of the classic Western with increased violence and added bloodshed.
You can read the full article here:
ESL Film : Critical List – Westerns