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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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Kitses has left the text of his original work alone, except for adding some to the Peckinpah chapter. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It provides a compelling account of the powerful mythology of America’s past as forged by Western films and the men who made them.

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Of course, Leone was about something else entirely in his lovingly operatic deconstructions of the Hollywood Western. This horizonw a fact filled text filled with detail and perspective on many of the most famous Western movies made. 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.

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Nevertheless it is good to have this volume back in print once more. Review “Indispensable guide to the Western. It is a scholarly effort that is well researched, annotated, and footnoted with an excellent bibliography and filmography included. Project MUSE promotes kitwes creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. When first published jkmHorizons West was immediately recognised as the definitive critical account of the Western film and some of its key directors.


Being included in wesr Western canon is not extended to everyone, it seems. It is illuminating kitsse explore how Ford matured and changed his perspectives over his career, how Peckinpah’s career was constantly a battle with studio bosses, and how and why Leone and Eastwood drifted apart over the years. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. When first published inHorizons West was immediately recognised as the definitive critical account of the Western film and some of its key directors.

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This greatly expanded new edition is, like the original, written in a graceful, penetrating and absorbingly readable style. Add both to Cart Add both to List. There is no question Jim Kitses knows intimately the movies he explores in this work.

Horizons West: The Western from John Ford to Clint Eastwood by Jim Kitses

Preview — Horizons West by Jim Kitses. There remains plenty of work to be done on the Western yet. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? While his comments on Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid are perceptive, the Peckinpah chapter is probably the weakest in the book. The product of a lifetime’s labour and love, Horizons West is ktses landmark of scholarship and interpretation devoted to, what it for many, Hollywood’s signature genre.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Delfien Vanden heede rated it really liked it Sep 21, Page 1 of kifses Start over Page 1 wes 1. 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.


Lares rated it it was amazing Dec 15, No trivia or quizzes yet. Get to Know Us. Kitses has added a marvelous chapter on John Ford, which examines all Ford’s westerns from Stagecoach to Cheyenne Autumn Allan Maurer rated it it was amazing Dec 01, Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Kitses all too quickly rushes through the idea that even classical Hollywood had its generic hybrids and hyperconscious-generic products, in favour of reading more contemporary Westerns as instances of postmodern pastiche.

John Cawelti, Adventure, Mystery, Romance: Customers who bought this item also bought. Although Kitses did not discount that Italians could make Westerns inhe certainly never discussed them; an indication of the more general critical neglect that Leone suffered during the sixties and seventies despite his popularity with American audiences because not only were these films not made on American soil, they appeared to have no investment in the mythology of the American Frontier 4.

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Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. After opening with generic comments regarding the practice and theory of directing the Jjm and an overview of the history and development of the genre, Kitses explores in some depth the westerns of six acknowledged masters of the Western movie.

Back in the late s Jim Kitses wrote an enjoyable study of three western directors who at the time were not nearly as highly regarded as they are today.