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Product Description: American moviegoers have long turned to the Hollywood Western for reassurance in times of crisis. During the genre's heyday, the films of John Ford, Howard Hawks and Henry Hathaway reflected a grand patriotism that resonated with audiences at the end of World War II...read more
By Scott F. Stoddart (editor)

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9780786479283 | McFarland & Co Inc Pub, February 16, 2016, cover price $39.95 | About this edition: American moviegoers have long turned to the Hollywood Western for reassurance in times of crisis.

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Product Description: The Western introduces the novice to the pleasures and the meanings of the Western film, shares the excitement of the genre with the fan, addresses the suspicions of the cynic and develops the knowledge of the student. The Western is about the changing times of the Western, and about how it has been understood in film criticism...read more

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9781138171701 | Routledge, April 27, 2016, cover price $165.00 | About this edition: The Western introduces the novice to the pleasures and the meanings of the Western film, shares the excitement of the genre with the fan, addresses the suspicions of the cynic and develops the knowledge of the student.

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9780582437364 | Taylor & Francis, October 1, 2003, cover price $75.95 | About this edition: The Western introduces the novice to the pleasures and the meanings of the Western film, shares the excitement of the genre with the fan, addresses the suspicions of the cynic and develops the knowledge of the student.

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9781442261051 | Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc, February 18, 2016, cover price $42.00

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Product Description: By the end of the 1960s, the Hollywood West of Tom Mix, Randolph Scott, and even John Wayne was passé—or so the story goes. Many film historians and critics have argued that movies portraying a mythic American West gave way to revisionist films that influential filmmakers such as Sam Peckinpah and Robert Altman made as violent critiques of the Western’s “golden years...read more

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9780806148212 | Univ of Oklahoma Pr, August 3, 2015, cover price $19.95 | About this edition: By the end of the 1960s, the Hollywood West of Tom Mix, Randolph Scott, and even John Wayne was passé—or so the story goes.

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Product Description: The West is one of the strongest and most enduring place images in the world and its myth is firmly rooted in popular culture – whether novels, film, television, music, clothing and even video games. The West combines myth and history, rugged natural scenery and wide open spaces, popular culture and promises of transformation...read more

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9781138785236 | Routledge, June 16, 2015, cover price $145.00 | About this edition: The West is one of the strongest and most enduring place images in the world and its myth is firmly rooted in popular culture – whether novels, film, television, music, clothing and even video games.

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Product Description: Beginning in the mid-1940s, the bleak, brooding mood of film noir began seeping into that most optimistic of film genres, the western. Story lines took on a darker tone and western films adopted classic noir elements of moral ambiguity, complex anti-heroes and explicit violence...read more

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9780786494521, titled "The Noir Western: Darkness on the Range, 1943-1962" | McFarland & Co Inc Pub, February 9, 2015, cover price $40.00 | About this edition: Beginning in the mid-1940s, the bleak, brooding mood of film noir began seeping into that most optimistic of film genres, the western.

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Product Description: What is the nature of the relationship between the Hollywood Western and American frontier mythology? How have Western films helped develop cultural and historical perceptions, attitudes and beliefs towards the frontier? Is there still a place for the genre in light of revisionist histories of the American West?Myth of the Western re-invigorates the debate surrounding the relationship between the Western and frontier mythology, arguing for the importance of the genre's socio-cultural, historical and political dimensions...read more

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9780748685585 | Edinburgh Univ Pr, April 30, 2014, cover price $120.00 | About this edition: What is the nature of the relationship between the Hollywood Western and American frontier mythology?

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9781474402828 | Reprint edition (Edinburgh Univ Pr, April 1, 2015), cover price $34.95 | About this edition: What is the nature of the relationship between the Hollywood Western and American frontier mythology?

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Product Description: The Sagebrush Trail is a history of Western movies but also a history of twentieth-century America. Richard Aquila’s fast-paced narrative covers both the silent and sound eras, and includes classic westerns such as Stagecoach, A Fistful of Dollars, and Unforgiven, as well as B-Westerns that starred film cowboys like Tom Mix, Gene Autry, and Hopalong Cassidy...read more

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9780816501052 | Univ of Arizona Pr, April 16, 2015, cover price $65.00 | About this edition: The Sagebrush Trail is a history of Western movies but also a history of twentieth-century America.

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9780816531547 | Univ of Arizona Pr, April 16, 2015, cover price $35.00 | About this edition: The Sagebrush Trail is a history of Western movies but also a history of twentieth-century America.

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Product Description: While the western was a staple of cinema for many decades, the form began to fade as its greatest star, John Wayne, made fewer films of distinction toward the end of his career. In the mid-1960s, the genre was redefined by a handful of directors, including Don Siegel and Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone, who offered something edgier, bloodier, and more violent...read more

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9781442245037 | Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc, March 12, 2015, cover price $34.00 | About this edition: While the western was a staple of cinema for many decades, the form began to fade as its greatest star, John Wayne, made fewer films of distinction toward the end of his career.

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Product Description: As business interests have commercialized the American West and publishers and studios have created compelling imagery, the expectations of readers and moviegoers have influenced perceptions of the cowboy as a hero. This book describes the evolution of the cowboy hero as a mythic persona created by dime novels, television and Hollywood...read more

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9780786478392 | McFarland & Co Inc Pub, December 31, 2014, cover price $45.00 | About this edition: As business interests have commercialized the American West and publishers and studios have created compelling imagery, the expectations of readers and moviegoers have influenced perceptions of the cowboy as a hero.

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Product Description: The horses that captured the moviegoers’ hearts are the common denominator in Hollywood Hoofbeats. As author Petrine Day Mitchum writes, “the movies as we know them would be vastly different without horses. There would be no Westerns—no cowboy named John Wayne—no Gone with the Wind, no Ben Hur, no Dances with Wolves…” no War Horse, no True Grit, no Avatar! Those last three 21st-century Hollywood creations are among the new films covered in this expanded second edition of Hollywood Hoofbeats written by the daughter of movie star Robert Mitchum, who himself appeared on the silver screen atop a handsome chestnut gelding...read more

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9781620081334 | Lumina Media, November 11, 2014, cover price $24.95 | About this edition: The horses that captured the moviegoers’ hearts are the common denominator in Hollywood Hoofbeats.

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Product Description: John Wayne is the most iconic cowboy actor of all time, even now, thirty years after his death. His unique style brilliantly characterized a whole troupe of western characters, from rancher to cowboy to sheriff to scout, and left his fans with numerous popular sayings like “That’ll be the day” and “Pilgrim...read more

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9781629143446 | Reprint edition (Skyhorse Pub Co Inc, September 2, 2014), cover price $16.95 | About this edition: John Wayne is the most iconic cowboy actor of all time, even now, thirty years after his death.

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Product Description: Many of the stars of silent westerns were young horse wranglers who left the open fields to make some extra money bulldogging steers and chasing Indians around arenas in traveling Wild West shows. They made their way to Hollywood when the popularity of the Wild West shows began to decline, found work acting in action-packed silent westerns, and became idols for early moviegoers everywhere...read more

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9780786412860 | McFarland & Co Inc Pub, December 1, 2003, cover price $75.00 | About this edition: Many of the stars of silent westerns were young horse wranglers who left the open fields to make some extra money bulldogging steers and chasing Indians around arenas in traveling Wild West shows.

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Product Description: Movies and books have romanticized the life of the cowboy. To most, the heroes of countless Westerns fall into one of three categories: the strong, silent, asexual deliverer of damsels in distress; the slick and gaudy guitar-strummer; and the virile, violent drifter...read more

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9780786401062 | McFarland & Co Inc Pub, August 1, 1996, cover price $42.50 | About this edition: A discussion which contrasts the make-believe West of Gene Autry, Buck Jones, Harry Carey, and others with the real American West is followed by discussion of the movies based on the work of such writers as Zane Grey, Louis L'Amour, Max Brand, Luke Short, and Ernest Haycox.

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9780786493654 | Reprint edition (McFarland & Co Inc Pub, February 28, 2014), cover price $25.00 | About this edition: Movies and books have romanticized the life of the cowboy.

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Product Description: Though one of the most popular genres for decades, the western started to lose its relevance in the 1960s and 1970s, and by the early 1980s it had ridden into the sunset on screens both big and small. The genre has enjoyed a resurgence, however, and in the past few decades some remarkable westerns have appeared on television and in movie theaters...read more
By Edward Buscombe (contributor)

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9780810892569 | Scarecrow Pr, October 10, 2013, cover price $83.00 | About this edition: Though one of the most popular genres for decades, the western started to lose its relevance in the 1960s and 1970s, and by the early 1980s it had ridden into the sunset on screens both big and small.

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Product Description: During the post-World War II period, the Western, like America’s other great film genres, appeared to collapse as a result of revisionism and the emergence of new forms. Perhaps, however, as theorists like Gilles Deleuze suggest, it remains, simply “maintaining its empty frame...read more

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9780803234765 | Univ of Nebraska Pr, October 1, 2013, cover price $65.00 | About this edition: During the post-World War II period, the Western, like America’s other great film genres, appeared to collapse as a result of revisionism and the emergence of new forms.

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Product Description: At rodeos in the 1940s, Gene Autry sang and jumped his horse, Champion, through a flaming hoop. In 1960s rodeo arenas, Lorne Greene and Dan Blocker acted out a skit from their hit television show Bonanza. In the same era familiar rodeo personalities like Hoot Gibson and Slim Pickens could be seen in movies or television shows...read more

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9780786424702 | McFarland & Co Inc Pub, August 30, 2006, cover price $55.00 | About this edition: 'This reference book provides career profiles of both types of performers who crossed over between acting and cowboying .

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9780786475230 | McFarland & Co Inc Pub, February 25, 2013, cover price $25.00 | About this edition: At rodeos in the 1940s, Gene Autry sang and jumped his horse, Champion, through a flaming hoop.

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Product Description: For more than a century the Western film has proven to be an enduring genre. At the dawn of the 20th century, in the same years that The Great Train Robbery begat a film genre, Owen Wister wrote The Virginian, which began a new literary genre...read more

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9780786468386 | McFarland & Co Inc Pub, August 28, 2013, cover price $45.00 | About this edition: For more than a century the Western film has proven to be an enduring genre.

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Product Description: At once informative, comic, and plaintive, Seeing Red—Hollywood’s Pixeled Skins is an anthology of critical reviews that reexamines the ways in which American Indians have traditionally been portrayed in film. From George B. Seitz’s 1925 The Vanishing American to Rick Schroder’s 2004 Black Cloud, these 36 reviews by prominent scholars of American Indian Studies are accessible, personal, intimate, and oftentimes autobiographic...read more
By Denise K. Cummings (editor), Leanne Howe (editor) and Harvey Markowitz (editor)

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9781611860818 | Michigan State Univ Pr, March 1, 2013, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: At once informative, comic, and plaintive, Seeing Red—Hollywood’s Pixeled Skins is an anthology of critical reviews that reexamines the ways in which American Indians have traditionally been portrayed in film.

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Product Description: This comprehensive study of the Western covers its history from the early silent era to recent spins on the genre in films such as No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, True Grit, and Cowboys & Aliens. While providing fresh perspectives on landmarks such as Stagecoach, Red River, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and The Wild Bunch, the authors also pay tribute to many under-appreciated Westerns...read more
By Clint Eastwood (foreword by)

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9780520258662 | Univ of California Pr, October 1, 2012, cover price $39.95 | About this edition: This comprehensive study of the Western covers its history from the early silent era to recent spins on the genre in films such as No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, True Grit, and Cowboys & Aliens.

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Product Description: For many years, movie audiences have carried on a love affair with the American West, believing Westerns are escapist entertainment of the best kind, harkening back to the days of the frontier. This work compares the reality of the Old West to its portrayal in movies, taking an historical approach to its consideration of the cowboys, Indians, gunmen, lawmen and others who populated the Old West in real life and on the silver screen...read more

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9780786468881 | McFarland & Co Inc Pub, November 1, 2012, cover price $40.00 | About this edition: For many years, movie audiences have carried on a love affair with the American West, believing Westerns are escapist entertainment of the best kind, harkening back to the days of the frontier.

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Product Description:  This revised and updated edition provides film buffs and casual movie goers alike with the first comprehensive guide to filmmaking in the American Southwest. Cinema Southwest, an invaluable reference book and trip planner, is packed with interesting facts and gives directions to the film sites...read more

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9780937407189 | 2 expanded edition (Canyonlands Natl Hist Assn, July 5, 2011), cover price $22.95 | About this edition:  This revised and updated edition provides film buffs and casual movie goers alike with the first comprehensive guide to filmmaking in the American Southwest.
9780937407141 | 1 edition (Canyonlands Natl Hist Assn, March 31, 2000), cover price $21.95 | About this edition: Cinema Southwest provides film buffs and casual moviegoers alike with the first comprehensive guide to filmmaking in the American Southwest.
9780873587471 | Northland Pub, March 1, 2000, cover price $21.95 | About this edition: A chronicle of movies made in the Southwest

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Product Description: Westerns have had their heyday, but they remain popular. The greatest films from 1914, when The Squaw Man, The Virginian, Salomy Jane, The Spoilers, The Rose of the Rancho and Chip of the Flying U were the genre's best, through 2001, when American Outlaws and Texas Rangers were tops, are the subject of this work...read more

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9780786415632 | McFarland & Co Inc Pub, June 1, 2003, cover price $55.00 | About this edition: Westerns have perhaps had their heyday, but they do remain popular.

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9780786445011, titled "Western Film Highlights: The Best of the West 1914-2001" | McFarland & Co Inc Pub, September 30, 2009, cover price $39.95 | About this edition: Westerns have had their heyday, but they remain popular.

American historians such as Frederick Jackson Turner have argued that the West has been the region that most clearly defines American democracy and the national ethos. Throughout the twentieth century, the "frontier thesis" influenced film and television producers who used the West as a backdrop for an array of dramatic explorations of America's history and the evolution of its culture and values. The common themes found in Westerns distinguish the genre as a quintessentially American form of dramatic art. In Hollywood's West, Peter C. Rollins, John E. O'Connor, and the nation's leading film scholars analyze popular conceptions of the frontier as a fundamental element of American history and culture. This volume examines classic Western films and programs that span nearly a century, from Cimarron (1931) to Turner Network Television's recent made-for-TV movies. Many of the films discussed here are considered among the greatest cinematic landmarks of all time. The essays highlight the ways in which Westerns have both shaped and reflected the dominant social and political concerns of their respective eras. While Cimarron challenged audiences with an innovative, complex narrative, other Westerns of the early sound era such as The Great Meadow (1931) frequently presented nostalgic visions of a simpler frontier era as a temporary diversion from the hardships of the Great Depression. Westerns of the 1950s reveal the profound uncertainty cast by the cold war, whereas later Westerns display heightened violence and cynicism, products of a society marred by wars, assassinations, riots, and political scandals. The volume concludes with a comprehensive filmography and an informative bibliography of scholarly writings on the Western genre. This collection will prove useful to film scholars, historians, and both devoted and casual fans of the Western genre. Hollywood's West makes a significant contribution to the understanding of both the historic American frontier and its innumerable popular representations.
By John E. O'Connor (editor) and Peter C. Rollins (editor)

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9780813123547 | Ill edition (Univ Pr of Kentucky, November 11, 2005), cover price $40.00 | About this edition: American historians such as Frederick Jackson Turner have argued that the West has been the region that most clearly defines American democracy and the national ethos.

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9780813191966 | Univ Pr of Kentucky, December 1, 2008, cover price $28.00

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Product Description: Western films are often considered sprawling reflections of the American spirit. This book analyzes the archetypes, themes, and figures within the mythology of the western frontier. Western themes are interpreted as expressions of cultural needs that perform specific psychological functions for the audience...read more

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9780786434602 | McFarland & Co Inc Pub, October 30, 2008, cover price $35.00 | About this edition: Western films are often considered sprawling reflections of the American spirit.

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