Western Genre Films Comparison Essay by Suzannah

Western Genre Films
Looks at the Western genre by contrasting two films, Fred Zinnemann's "High Noon" (1952) and Clint Eastwood's "Forgiven" (1992).
# 147530 | 1,105 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | FR
Published on May 12, 2011 in History (U.S. After 1865) , English (Comparison) , Film (History of)

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This paper explains that Western films tend to focus on the hardships faced by American settlers and how these problems are overcome through heroism. Next, the paper compares the plots of Fred Zinnemann's "High Noon" (1952) and Clint Eastwood's "Forgiven" (1992), both with gun-slinging, hard-drinking leading men who are yet honorable and family loving. However, the forty-year period between the creation of these two films, the paper concludes, demonstrates that Westerns have become increasingly more realistic.

Table of Contents:
The Construction of American Heroes

From the Paper:

"Despite being a tough outlaw, for example, Munny is severely beaten when arriving at the town in which his targets are staying. In addition, the scenes in which the killers are gunned down are different in that Munny and his partners find that they no longer have the stomach for cold-blooded murder. Ned Logan, an old outlaw friend that Munny picked up along the way, decides that he is returning home after the killing of the first target, while the Kid is absolutely terrified. While managing to kill the second target in an outhouse, he admits that it is the first time that he has ever killed anyone when escaping from the scene."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dirks, Tim (2011). Online article: "Western Films." Retrieved 04/26/2011 from:<http://www.filmsite.org/westernfilms.html>
  • The Internet Movie Database (2011). Online article: "High Noon (1952)." Retrieved 04/26/2011 from:<http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044706/>
  • The Internet Movie Database (2011). Online article: "Forgiven (1992)." Retrieved 04/26/2011 from:<http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105695/>

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