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Hollywood's West [electronic resource] : the American frontier in film, television, and history / edited by Peter C. Rollins and John E. O'Connor.

Contributor(s): O'Connor, John E | Rollins, Peter C.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2005Description: 1 online resource (xii, 373 p.) : ill.ISBN: 0813171806 (electronic bk.); 9780813171807 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Western films -- United States -- History and criticism | Western television programs -- United States | Frontier and pioneer life -- United States | Motion pictures -- Political aspects -- United States | Fine Arts | PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- ReferenceGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Hollywood's West.DDC classification: 791.436/278 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction : the West, Westerns, and American character / John E. O'Connor and Peter C. Rollins -- The new Western history in 1931 : RKO and the challenge of Cimarron / J.E. Smyth -- Tradition, parody, and adaptation : Jed Buell's unconventional West / Cynthia J. Miller -- The Lone Ranger : adult legacies of a juvenile Western / John Shelton Lawrence -- Wee Willie Winkie goes West : the influence of the British Empire genre on Ford's cavalry trilogy / Kathleen A. McDonough -- Beyond the river : women and the role of the feminine in Howard Hawks's Red River / John Parris Springer -- The "ache for home" : assimilation and separatism in Anthony Mann's Devil's doorway / Joanna Hearne -- Giant helps America recognize the cost of discrimination : a lesson of World War II / Monique James Baxter -- Rewriting High noon : transformations in American popular political culture during the Cold War, 1952-1968 / Matthew J. Costello -- Almost angels, almost feminists : women in the professionals / Winona Howe -- Cowboys and comedy : the simultaneous deconstruction and reinforcement of generic conventions in the Western parody / Matthew R. Turner -- Historical discourse and American identity in Westerns since the Reagan era / Alexandra Keller -- Challenging legends, complicating border lines : the concept of "frontera" in John Sayles's Lone star / Kimberly Sultze -- Turner Network Television's made-for-TV Western films : engaging audiences through genre and themes / David Pierson.
Summary: Hollywood's West examines popular perceptions of the frontier as a defining feature of American identity and history. Seventeen essays by prominent film scholars illuminate the allure of life on the edge of civilization and analyze how this region has been represented on big and small screens. Differing characterizations of the frontier in modern popular culture reveal numerous truths about American consciousness and provide insights into many classic Western films and television programs, from RKO's 1931 classic Cimarron to Turner Network Television's recent made-for-TV movies. Covering topic
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [322]-344) and index.

Includes filmography: p. [300]-321.

Introduction : the West, Westerns, and American character / John E. O'Connor and Peter C. Rollins -- The new Western history in 1931 : RKO and the challenge of Cimarron / J.E. Smyth -- Tradition, parody, and adaptation : Jed Buell's unconventional West / Cynthia J. Miller -- The Lone Ranger : adult legacies of a juvenile Western / John Shelton Lawrence -- Wee Willie Winkie goes West : the influence of the British Empire genre on Ford's cavalry trilogy / Kathleen A. McDonough -- Beyond the river : women and the role of the feminine in Howard Hawks's Red River / John Parris Springer -- The "ache for home" : assimilation and separatism in Anthony Mann's Devil's doorway / Joanna Hearne -- Giant helps America recognize the cost of discrimination : a lesson of World War II / Monique James Baxter -- Rewriting High noon : transformations in American popular political culture during the Cold War, 1952-1968 / Matthew J. Costello -- Almost angels, almost feminists : women in the professionals / Winona Howe -- Cowboys and comedy : the simultaneous deconstruction and reinforcement of generic conventions in the Western parody / Matthew R. Turner -- Historical discourse and American identity in Westerns since the Reagan era / Alexandra Keller -- Challenging legends, complicating border lines : the concept of "frontera" in John Sayles's Lone star / Kimberly Sultze -- Turner Network Television's made-for-TV Western films : engaging audiences through genre and themes / David Pierson.

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Hollywood's West examines popular perceptions of the frontier as a defining feature of American identity and history. Seventeen essays by prominent film scholars illuminate the allure of life on the edge of civilization and analyze how this region has been represented on big and small screens. Differing characterizations of the frontier in modern popular culture reveal numerous truths about American consciousness and provide insights into many classic Western films and television programs, from RKO's 1931 classic Cimarron to Turner Network Television's recent made-for-TV movies. Covering topic

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