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

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. The first time around, Kitses felt it was too presumptuous to take on Ford; this time he provides detailed thematic analyses of all the Ford Westerns which is where Kitses is at his most interesting, even if his defence of Ford against charges of racism and sexism remains, at times, unconvincing.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Aspects of a Movie Genre. The critical reception of Leone in studies of the Western has been extensively discussed by Christopher Frayling, in his analysis of the Spaghetti Western.

It is illuminating to 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. 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.

Many genre theorists have argued that film genres are not self-contained, evolutionary forms but develop as the sustained result of both industrial processes and historical concerns, shaped by complex relays between director, audience and industry 5.

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Click here to order this book directly from. This greatly expanded new edition is, like the original, written in a graceful, penetrating and absorbingly readable style. Lists with This Book. Yet, despite their examination of the genre films of certain directors, the auteurists remained uninterested in charting the broader, historical developments or trends of Hollywood cinema or in establishing the theoretical criteria by which to gauge particular wwst.


Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Chris rated it it was amazing Aug 29, This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Trivia About Horizons West: It provides a compelling account of the powerful mythology of America’s past as forged by Western films and the men who made them.

Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Although he hints at such an underlying generic collision throughout his analysis of Ford and again in his chapter on Leone, he never deals with its implications for the Western or what this might mean for genre theory.

First published when the traditional Western was declining in popularity and many critics were already pronouncing its death knell, Horizons West: It is fine reading for anyone interested in the Western. Also, he has written good analysis of Sergeant Rutledge and Two Horizpns Together, two late Westerns that few critics pay attention to. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

On the one hand, theorists arrive at a relatively simple definition of a particular genre for instance, musicals contain song and dance routines that can be used as an inclusive generic checklist and applied to a broad range of examples.

For some, Boetticher is up there with John Ford or Sergio Leone in his contribution to the genreā€¦but maybe that is my own subjective take on what makes for a great Western. Like the original Horizons WestKitses locates his directors firmly within the Western genre. Customers who jin this item also viewed. Among the completely new material in this edition is Kitses’s magisterial account of the work of the greatest of Western directors, John Ford.

There also is no question that Kitses offers some thoughtful and kitsrs valuable insights into the Western films of these directors.

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Obviously, they aren’t even present to defend their views and what they had to say is almost always very briefly paraphrased and characterized, so Kitses trumps them every time by having the final and much more developed word. It has changed considerably, however, and he discusses these changes with perceptive insight, definitive scholarship, and a passion that will satisfy both aficionados of the Western and general readers.


Students of the Western movie genre or just plain fans of Westerns should enjoy the rich detail provided by Kitses as he dissects each of hofizons major efforts of the six directors in search of recurring themes, perspectives, controversies, and, in general, the stories behind the story.

A good but less than great read is the result. Kitses’ comments are sensible and to the point. I heartily recommend this effort to fans and students of the Western movie and its place in American cinema history. After all, it is his revision of his own book so it is entirely hroizons that he talks about the Westerns that continue to move him.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Strongly recommended for all readers interested in Westerns.

The Savage Eye 6. The other new material–mainly on John Ford and Clint Eastwood–is certainly readable, but I’m not certain that it was essential. Add both to Cart Add both to List. However, the chapter horizond Eastwood is terrific, one that strikes a fine balance between praise for his achievements and an awareness of the flaws in those achievements. This greatly expanded new edition is, like the original, written in a graceful, penetrating and absorbingly readable style.

Showing of 6 reviews. As opposed to purely auteurist approaches that argue that the director transcends a set of genre conventions through their personal style, Kitses views the director and the Western as wesh in unison to construct a mutually-informed system of generic signification.

Horizons West: The Western from John Ford to Clint Eastwood

Kitses has added a marvelous chapter on John Ford, which examines all Ford’s westerns from Stagecoach to Cheyenne Autumn This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Kitses then adds two chapters, one of Sergio Leone and one on Clint Eastwood. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?