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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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Alamo, The 50 allegory 4–5, 14, 19, 30, 71, 85–6, 97, 102, 149, 169, 171–2, 174, 177–9, 193–4, 196, 221 American Civil War 37, 39–40, 184 archetype(s) 40, 96, 105, 106–7, 113, 118, 123, 145, 150, 156, 159, 187, 207, 217–19 Ardelenii [Transylvanians] trilogy 149, 160 Arizona Colt 140 auteur theory actor as auteur 19, 25–7 adaptation 5–6, 9–11, 33, 54, 125–9, 142, 151, 172, 175, 181, 184, 197 collaboration 11 constraints on auteur 7, 71, 73, 76–7, 79–80, 127, 129 death of auteur 8 director as auteur 1–2, 105–7, 145, 150, 185, 195–6, 199 group of films as auteur 88–9 intersection with genre 13–15, 53, 145, 148–51, 153–5 politique des auteurs, la 6 problematizing of auteur 7–9, 149–50, 168–9, 203 spectator as auteur 21–2, 47–8 text as auteur 9, 116 translation 165–7 Awaara [Vagabond] 208 Baudelaire, Charles 6 Bayard, Pierre 12 Bazin, André 2, 6, 13, 129, 150 Better Tomorrow, A 190 Bhuvan Shome [Mr Shome] 211 Big Combo, The 197 Big Gundown, The 51 Bitter Springs 69 Blazing Saddles 18 Blindman 137 Book of Eli, The 94 Broken Arrow 70 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 214 Cahiers du cinéma 2, 166 capitalism 85, 87–8, 95–102, 147, 159, 193, 216, 219–20 Captain Apache 137, 138 Carry On Cowboy 138 Catlow 127, 128 Chandler, Raymond 3 Chant...

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