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Unbridling the Western Film Auteur

Unbridling the Western Film Auteur

Contemporary, Transnational and Intertextual Explorations

by Alistair Rolls and Emma Hamilton
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Publication Date: 31/12/2017
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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.

ISBN:
9781787071551
9781787071551
Category:
Cultural studies
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
31-12-2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
Peter\Lang#AG International Academic Publishers
Country of origin:
Switzerland
Dimensions (mm):
228.6x152.4mm
Weight:
0.35kg

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