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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Books by Jim Kitses. Tulseluper rated it it was amazing Jan 24, It has changed considerably, however, and he discusses these changes with perceptive insight, definitive horkzons, and a passion that will satisfy both aficionados of the Western and general readers.

Horizons West: The Western from John Ford to Clint Eastwood

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. This is a fact filled text filled with detail and perspective on many of the most famous Western movies made. It provides a compelling kltses of the powerful mythology of America’s past as forged by Western films and the men who made them.

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Worse, in many places in the book he insists on arguing with other reviewers of the same films. This greatly expanded new edition is, like the original, written in a graceful, penetrating and absorbingly readable style.

Very useful resource in studying the western films. British Film Institute Illustrations: Kitses has added a marvelous chapter on John Ford, which examines horizonw Ford’s westerns from Stagecoach to Cheyenne Autumn In seeking to discern the artistic personality of the director across a body of films, auteurism spurred the academic study of Hollywood genres.

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Explore the Home Gift Guide. Lists with This Book. This greatly expanded new edition is, like the original, written in a graceful, penetrating and absorbingly readable style.

Kitses then adds two chapters, one of Sergio Leone and one on Clint Eastwood. Brian rated it it was amazing Mar 13, 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.

Angelika rated it liked it Sep 02, This is perhaps some of the best serious analysis of Eastwood as a director that I have read. Kitses’ comments are sensible and to the point. It is close to impenetrable and he appears obsessed with gender politics perhaps he has been infected by living and working in San Francisco for too long. Nov 01, Simon rated it really liked it Shelves: Jude Brigley rated it really liked it Feb 27, 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.


PulpEater rated it really liked it Dec 13, Marva Whitaker rated it liked it Mar 24, There’s a problem loading this menu right now. It is fine reading for anyone interested in the Western. 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.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Of course, Leone was about something else entirely in his lovingly operatic deconstructions of the Hollywood Western. A good but less than great read is the result. This new edition addresses that problem by providing a career-length reassessment of Peckinpah’s contributions to the western. But the book is deeply flawed by his pedantic writing style.

The critical reception of Leone in studies of the Western has been extensively discussed by Christopher Frayling, in his analysis of the Spaghetti Western.