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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No trivia or quizzes yet. 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.
Back in the late s Jim Kitses wrote an enjoyable study of three western directors who at the time were not nearly as highly regarded as they are today. In short, my aim herein is not to put forward its practitioners as the magnificent six, the heroic masters who created art out of a lowly popular formula. Kitses’ comments are sensible and to the point.
Christina Schmidt rated it liked it Sep 25, Geertje Cools rated it liked it Jul 24, This is a fact filled text filled with detail and perspective on many of the most famous Western movies made. Very useful resource in studying the western films. Hprizons is an excellent revision of the original book that includes newer perspectives as well as adds the work of Ford, Leone, and Eastwood.
Not only does this neglect the rich pre-cinematic history of the Western Wild West Shows 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 iitses Western in the 60s, which occurred even as Leone was re-vitalising the Western for American audiences.
A book on westerns for people who more than like them from someone who knows what he’s talking about. Customers who bought this item also bought. This greatly expanded new edition now provides definitive critical analysis of the six greatest film-makers of the Western genre: Kitses has left the text of his original work alone, except for adding some to the Peckinpah chapter. The many bogus debates sidetracked and, in many cases, diluted the otherwise well-reasoned opinions and detailed insight he had to offer.
Horizons West: The Western from John Ford to Clint Eastwood by Jim Kitses
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After opening with generic comments regarding the practice and theory of directing the Western and an overview of the history and development of the genre, Kitses explores in some depth the westerns of six acknowledged masters of the Western movie. Explore the Home Gift Guide.
I am not sure if Kitses dislikes Peckinpah or if he disliked critics who like Peckinpah. Click here to order this book directly from. I heartily recommend this effort to fans and students of the Western movie and its place in American cinema history.
Preview — Horizons West by Jim Kitses. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Although Kitses did not discount that Italians could make Westerns inhe certainly wewt discussed them; an indication of the more general critical neglect that Leone suffered during the sixties and seventies despite his popularity with American kjtses because not only were these films not made on American soil, they appeared to have no investment in the mythology of the American Frontier 4.
He certainly never goes so far as to unpack the argument made by John Cawelti that all narrative formulas are fundamentally informed by the logic of the melodrama 7.
Horizons West: The Western from John Ford to Clint Eastwood
Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. 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. This new edition goes considerably further. Books by Jim Kitses. In seeking to discern the artistic personality of the director across a body of films, auteurism spurred the academic study of Hollywood genres.
John Cawelti, Adventure, Mystery, Romance: The first time around, Kitses felt it was too presumptuous to take on Ford; this time he provides detailed thematic analyses of all the Ford Westerns which is where Kitses is at his most interesting, even if his defence of Ford against charges of racism and sexism remains, at times, unconvincing. This greatly expanded new edition is, like the original, written in a graceful, penetrating and absorbingly readable style.
Trivia About Horizons West: However, the chapter on Eastwood is terrific, one that strikes a fine balance between praise for his achievements and an awareness of the flaws in those achievements.
Also, there are a number of commercially successful Westerns that altered the historical development of the genre shifting the frontier to Mexico, introducing group protagonists, bounty hunters and an increasing cynicism towards the very community that the gunslinger had traditionally fought for and these are dealt with only in passing. InKitses found the thematic resonance of the Western in the historical and geographic establishment of the American frontier, where films were usually set between the years of and the generic conflict could be distilled to that of civilisation versus the wilderness 3.
Dan O’Meara rated it really liked it Jan 29, Write a customer review. Kitses then adds two chapters, one of Sergio Leone and one on Clint Eastwood.
This greatly expanded new edition is, like the original, written in a graceful, penetrating and absorbingly readable style.
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