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Western films


  • Films that feature the American West during the period of westward expansion.

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    • Western films
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    • Cisco Kid films
    • Cowboy and Indian films
    • Cowboy films
    • Horse operas (Motion pictures)
    • Horse opries (Motion pictures)
    • Horse pics (Motion pictures)
    • Lone Ranger films
    • Oaters (Motion pictures)
    • Oats operas (Motion pictures)
    • Sagebrushers (Motion pictures)
    • Westerns (Motion pictures)
    • Zorro films
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    • Cisco Kid films
    • Lone Ranger films
    • Zorro films
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    • found: Moving image genre-form guide via WWW, July 19, 2007(western: Fictional work set in the period of American westward expansion. In the name of civilization, the wilderness is conquered and nature subordinated. Key thematic oppositions are between civilization and nature, law and anarchy, settler and nomad, and the new arrivals and the Native American. The hero is a person of integrity and principle, who tames the land, stands alone, faces danger, and is the fastest draw)
    • found: López, D. Films by genre, c1993(Western (Cowboy Film, Western Film). Westerns are an amalgam of myth, history and legend--fantasy and reality intertwine. Set on the North American continent (movies set in Latin America, Australia, South Africa, or other lands are not authentic Westerns), they are based on tradition and a solid historical heritage. Many western heroes existed in real life ... and some of the Western sagas describe real historical episodes of the conquest of the American West; peopled by a profusion of colorful and familiar types--cowboys, Indians, U.S. marshalls, rangers, bounty hunters, Mexicans, half-breeds, saloon girls, homesteaders, carpetbaggers and John Wayne who appeared in 153 movies; fall under seven basic plot types; the terms oater, oats opera, horse opera or horse opry are synonymous with Western; they also have a derogatory meaning indicating a cheaply made film about cowboys--a B-Western. A sagebrusher is another slang term for a Western)
    • found: A history of early film, 2002:p. lxi, v. 3 (cowboy and Indian films)
    • found: Singleton, R.S. Filmmaker's dictionary, c2000(sagebrush saga: Nickname for a Western movie. Also called a sagebrusher. Entertainment trade paper use.)
    • found: Konigsberg, I. The complete film dictionary, 1997(Western; a film genre since earliest days of motion pictures that derives from the history and legends of the western part of this country, especially during the last half of the nineteenth century; horse opera, horse pic: Slang for a Western)
    • found: Beaver, F.E. Dictionary of film terms, c2006(Western. A descriptive label for a type of motion picture that is characteristically American in its mythic origins. Generally, westerns are set on the American frontier during the latter part of the 19th century.)
    • found: Wikipedia, Oct. 4, 2011(Western (genre). The Western is a genre of various visual arts, such as film, television, radio, literature, painting and others. Westerns are devoted to telling stories set primarily in the latter half of the 19th century in the American Old West). Some Westerns are set as early as the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. There are also a number of films about Western-type characters in contemporary settings, such as Junior Bonner set in the 1970s and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada in the 21st century. The American Film Institute defines western films as those "set in the American West that embod[y] the spirit, the struggle and the demise of the new frontier.")
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    • Films that feature the American West during the period of westward expansion.
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    • 2011-05-09: new
    • 2015-12-08: revised
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