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Unbridling the Western Film Auteur

Contemporary, Transnational and Intertextual Explorations

Edited By Emma Hamilton and Alistair Rolls

According to Jim Kitses (1969), the Western originally offered American directors a rich canvas to express a singular authorial vision of the American past and its significance. The Western’s recognizable conventions and symbols, rich filmic heritage, and connections to pulp fiction created a widely spoken «language» for self-expression and supplemented each filmmaker’s power to express their vision of American society. This volume seeks to re-examine the significance of auteur theory for the Western by analysing the auteur director «unbridled» by traditional definitions or national contexts.

This book renders a complex portrait of the Western auteur by considering the genre in a transnational context. It proposes that narrow views of auteurism should be reconsidered in favour of broader definitions that see meaning created, both intentionally and unintentionally, by a director; by other artistic contributors, including actors and the audience; or through the intersection with other theoretical concepts such as re-allegorization. In so doing, it illuminates the Western as a vehicle for expressing complex ideas of national and transnational identity.


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Acknowledgements vii Emma Hamilton and Alistair Rolls 1 Introduction. Editors on Auteurs: Thoughts on Auteurism from the Frontier 1 Alex Davis 2 The Star Auteur: Jimmy Stewart Out West 25 Tom Ue 3 Pastiche, Genre and Violence in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds 45 Emma Hamilton 4 ‘Probably a White Fella’: Rolf de Heer, The Tracker and the Limits of Auteurism 65 Matthew Carter 5 The Post-apocalyptic Frontier: Reappropriating Western Violence for Feminism in Mad Max: Fury Road 85 Marek Paryz 6 Narrative (Il)Logic and the Problem of Character Motivation in Sergio Corbucci’s Revenge Westerns 105 vi Lee Broughton 7 Adaptation, Transculturation and the Western Auteur: Louis L’Amour, Peter Collinson and The Man Called Noon 125 Maria Ioniță 8 Auteurism versus Genre in the Romanian New Wave: Radu Jude’s Interpretation of Western Tropes in Aferim! 145 Alistair Rolls, Emma Hamilton and Clara Sitbon 9 Auteur is French for Author, too: Translating Other Afterthoughts Inspired by King Vidor’s Duel in the Sun into French Literature 165 Joyleen Christensen 10 ‘East meets West meets East again’: The Good, The Bad, The Weird and the Transnational Dialogue of Auteurs 183 Omar Ahmed 11 The Indian Western: Revisiting Sholay and the Dacoit Film as Transnational Exegesis 203 Notes on Contributors 227 Index 231

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