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Western - The Genre
These films narrate a story that is set in 19th century America. Most of these films are set at a time between American Civil War and the 1900s. Its charm lies in its nostalgic eulogy to the old American days. Mythically, this genre can be considered to be the most American. It is not rare to see romantic frontier landscapes or broken rural terrains in these movies.
The genre may, however, be traced back to the colonial period of America and extend forward to the middle of the 20th century. The films are usually set in isolated forts, homesteads, saloons, ranch houses, jails, stables, frontier towns, small-town roads etc. You may also get to see American sites in these movies. Other iconic parts of such movies would be cowboys, cattle drives, canteens, lassos, saddles, gamblers, good-hearted prostitutes etc.
The common themes of western movies are good versus bad, east versus west, nature versus culture, individual versus community, settlers versus Indians, horse versus train and many more.
The Western Hero
The traditional Western hero is usually a marginalized character outside the community, who arbitrates between the lawless frontier and the civilization and adheres to codes.
A brief history
During the silent era, Western films portrayed good heroes fighting mustached villains for the sake of love of a heroine or saving a settlement.
With the advent of sound, not much was changed in the plot and treatment of such films.
The 1950s was the release of ‘High Noon’, a movie that showed a lone hero standing against a bunch of criminals. It was during this decade that the genre found its beat in the form of hard living and hard charging cowboys.
The genre, however, began to die out with the advent of the 1960s when the interest of the audience in the cowboys lowered gradually.
These movies reflect the themes and motifs of the genre albeit in contemporary America. Such movies often show a cowboy struggling in the modern world. Films like ‘Brokeback Mountain’ ‘No Country for Old Men’ are classic examples of this sub genre.
This came in the 1960s as result of classic westerns. It presented the West in a different manner, incorporating the Native Americans. Some examples of this genre would be ‘The Wild Bunch’, ‘Dance With Wolves’ etc.