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Unbridling the Western Film Auteur -

Unbridling the Western Film Auteur

Contemporary, Transnational and Intertextual Explorations

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According to Jim Kitses (1969), the Western originally offered American directors a rich canvas to express a singular authorial vision of the American past and its significance. The Western's recognizable conventions and symbols, rich filmic heritage, and connections to pulp fiction created a widely spoken "language" for self-expression and supplemented each filmmaker's power to express their vision of American society. This volume seeks to re-examine the significance of auteur theory for the Western by analysing the auteur director "unbridled" by traditional definitions or national contexts. This book renders a complex portrait of the Western auteur by considering the genre in a transnational context. It proposes that narrow views of auteurism should be reconsidered in favour of broader definitions that see meaning created, both intentionally and unintentionally, by a director; by other artistic contributors, including actors and the audience; or through the intersection with other theoretical concepts such as re-allegorization. In so doing, it illuminates the Western as a vehicle for expressing complex ideas of national and transnational identity.

Product code: 9781787071551

ISBN 9781787071551
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H225xW150
Edition New edition
No. Of Pages 236
Publisher Peter Lang Ltd
The Western has traditionally offered American film directors a rich canvas to express visions of the American past. This volume revisits the Western in a transnational context, exploring the role of auteurism. Stars like Jimmy Stewart and international films like Aferim! and Inglourious Basterds are analysed in this new approach to the genre.