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History of the Western film �Western genre are often set on the American frontier during the last part of the 19 th century. 1865 to 1900. The stories revolve around primarily set in these ages. �The Great Train Robbery was the first western genre film in 1903. From there B-movie westerns which extend from the thirties to the late forties. These movies are movies which have been intentionally made on a low budget for example Boarder Patrol in 1943. �At one point Western movies were the most popular however they do not come out as much anymore as most audiences are not too keen.
Sub-Genres of the Western film � Some subgenres are: � The spaghetti western. The best spaghetti western films were directed by Sergio Leone for example Dollars Trilogy. � The epic western emphasizes the story of the American Old West on a grand scale. For example Dual in the Sun 1946. � Euro western these are films made in Western Europe one example is the Anglo-Spanish the Savage Guns in 1961. � Fantasy western. A famous example is kinos journey illustrated by Kouhaku Kuroboshi. � Florida westerns also known as Cracker westerns and are set in America. A example is Distant Drums in 1951. � Horror western, these are more recent for example Bone Tomahawk in 2016.
Iconography of the Western film �Cowboy hats (stetson) �Revolvers �Neck scarf �Rope �Horses
Actors/Directors associated with Western films �Broncho Billy Anderson. The great train robbery. Actor. �Jhon Ford, director of the searchers. �Sam Peckinpah, director of the wild bunch. �Sergio Leone, director of the good the bad and the ugly. �Clint Eastwood, actor from the good the bad and the ugly.
Box Office – Top 10 films of the Genre
Budgets – Top 10 films of the Genre
Critically acclaimed examples
Stretch and Challenge: Ideologies/Contexts