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The Western and Western Drama: John Ford's The Searchers and the Oresteia

Paul A. Cantor

in The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813140827
eISBN:
9780813141299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813140827.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Chapter One uses Aeschylus’ Oresteia as background for understanding John Ford's Western The Searchers. Both works explore the thin line between civilization and barbarism, and portray characters ... More


Genre Studies

Elsie Walker

in Understanding Sound Tracks Through Film Theory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199896301
eISBN:
9780190217433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199896301.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, Western

This part begins with a summary of Rick Altman’s article “A Semantic/Syntactic Approach to Film Genre.” Altman’s main arguments are used to generate questions about sound tracks with regard to genre ... More


INTERPRETING THE UNRELIABLE

Gregory Currie

in Arts and Minds

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199256280
eISBN:
9780191601712
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199256284.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Argues for a rethinking of the standard account of narrative unreliability. Works can be unreliable in many ways, and unreliable works do not, the author claims, always have unreliable narrators. ... More


John Ford’s The Searchers1

Kirsten Day

in Cowboy Classics: The Roots of the American Western in the Epic Tradition

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474402460
eISBN:
9781474422055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402460.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History

John Ford’s 1956 The Searchers has attracted more scholarly attention than any other Western, including that of receptions scholars who have noted its kinship with Homeric epic. This chapter enlarges ... More


A Jewish Aloha

Steven C. Smith

in Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life of Hollywood's Most Influential Composer

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190623272
eISBN:
9780190623302
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190623272.003.0024
Subject:
Music, History, American

In 1953, at age 65, Steiner learned that Warner Bros. would not be renewing his contract. After 16 years as a staff composer, he was forced to freelance—an especially daunting challenge given his age ... More


Complexity and Experimentation in the Western

Todd Berliner

in Hollywood Aesthetic: Pleasure in American Cinema

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780190658748
eISBN:
9780190658786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190658748.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 12 explains the aesthetic value of increased complexity in genre filmmaking by examining filmmakers’ efforts to continually complicate the figure of the western hero. The chapter studies the ... More


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