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Showdown at High Noon: Witch-Hunts, Critics, and the End of the Western

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Juni 2004

Beschreibung

Beschreibung

This is a study of one of the most enduring Westerns, High Noon, a film whose political, cultural, and thematic implications have had a profound influence on not only the genre but on filmmaking itself. Author Jeremy Byman examines the film's origin, its production, and the continuing debate over its significance in American cinema.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Part I: The World of High Noon Chapter 4 1. Showdown Chapter 5 2. High Noon Enters Popular Legend Chapter 6 3. Independent Production and the Rise of Stanley Kramer Chapter 7 4. The Red Scare and the Blacklist Part 8 Part II: Communism and Conformity Chapter 9 5. Writing High Noon, Facing the Blacklist Chapter 10 6. The Failed Community Part 11 Part III: Westerns and Anti-Westerns Chapter 12 7. Formula and Subversion Chapter 13 8. High Noon and the End of the Western Part 14 Part IV: Auteurs, Critics, and Collaborative Filmmaking Chapter 15 9. Auteurs and Westerns Chapter 16 10. The Making of High Noon Part 17 Part V: The Film As Film Chapter 18 11. A Citizen Named Kane Chapter 19 12. Noir at High Noon Part 20 Bibliography Part 21 Index Part 22 About the Author

Portrait

Jeremy Byman holds a Ph.D. in political science and M.A. in cinema studies, and has taught political science and film courses at several colleges and universities. He was the film reviewer for an arts and entertainment weekly for 19 years. This is his seventh book.

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Argues that High Noon was seminal in anticipating the "new," darker Western, and that the film's realist aesthetic was particularly undervalued by auteur critics...fundamentally evaluative... CHOICE Upon its release, the film High Noon was hailed as a masterpiece. Some film historians and theorists have since reviled it as pretentious social realism inspired by its screenwriter's victimization by the House Un-American Activities Committee. This study explores how and why the film has elicited such disparate reactions, looking at its political, cultural, and thematic implications. B&w film stills are included... Reference and Research Book News Upon its release, the film High Noon was hailed as a masterpiece. Some film historians and theorists have since reviled it as pretentious "social realism" inspired by its screenwriter's victimization by the House Un-American Activities Committee. This study explores how and why the film has elicited such disparate reactions, looking at its political, cultural, and thematic implications. B&w film stills are included. Reference and Research Book News
EAN: 9780810849983
ISBN: 0810849984
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: SCARECROW PRESS INC
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2004
Seitenanzahl: 344 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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