BOOK REVIEWS Horizons West: Directing the Western from John. Ford to Clint Eastwood. By Jim Kitses. London: BFI Publishing, pp. Photography. Jim Kitses. Horizons West. Bloom- ington: Indiana University Press,. Colin McArthur. Underworld USA. New York: The Viking Press, These books. When first published in , Horizons West was immediately recognised as the definitive critical account of the By: Jim Kitses Media of Horizons West.

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Allan Maurer rated it it was amazing Dec 01, James Marsh rated it really liked it Jul 15, The chapter on Sam Peckinpah left something to be desired since, at the time, Peckinpah had only three feature films–all of them westerns–under his belt. Share your thoughts with other customers.

Horizons West: The Western from John Ford to Clint Eastwood

Kitses has added a marvelous chapter on John Ford, which examines jiim Ford’s westerns from Stagecoach to Cheyenne Autumn British Film Institute Illustrations: Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

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Kitses then adds two chapters, one of Sergio Leone and one on Clint Eastwood. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The other new material–mainly on John Ford and Clint Eastwood–is certainly readable, but I’m not certain that it was essential. While his comments on Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid are perceptive, the Peckinpah chapter is probably the weakest in the book.

Of course, Leone was about something else entirely in his lovingly operatic deconstructions of the Hollywood Western.


Preview — Horizons West by Jim Kitses. Geertje Cools rated it liked it Jul 24, British Film Institute, Paperbackpages. As opposed to purely auteurist approaches that argue that the director transcends a set of genre conventions through their personal style, Kitses views the director and the Western as working in unison to construct a mutually-informed system of generic signification. His chapters on Anthony Mann and Budd Boetticher were marvelous because both directors had pretty much completed their contibutions to the western genre.

The Sea Wolf [Blu-ray]. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Among the completely new material in this edition is Kitses’s magisterial account of the work of the greatest of Western directors, John Ford. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

Jude Brigley rated it really liked it Kotses 27, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It is fine reading for anyone interested in the Western. For some, Boetticher is up there with John Ford or Sergio Leone in his contribution to the genre…but maybe that is my own subjective take on what makes for a great Western. When first published inHorizons West was immediately recognised as the definitive critical account of the Western film and some of its key directors. A Fistful of Jitses 7.

Horizons West: The Western from John Ford to Clint Eastwood by Jim Kitses

This greatly expanded new edition is, like the original, horizlns in a graceful, penetrating and absorbingly readable style. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. The first time around, Kitses felt it was too presumptuous to take on Ford; this time he provides detailed thematic analyses of all the Ford Westerns which is where Kitses is wrst his most interesting, even if his defence of Ford against charges of racism and sexism remains, at times, unconvincing.

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Many genre theorists have argued that film genres are not self-contained, evolutionary forms but develop as the sustained result of both industrial processes and historical concerns, shaped by complex relays between director, ji and industry 5. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. He is not a clever or colorful wordsmith, to put it politely.


It is illuminating to explore how Ford horzions and changed his perspectives over his career, how Peckinpah’s career was constantly a battle with studio bosses, and how and why Leone and Eastwood drifted apart over the years. Like the original Horizons WestKitses locates his directors firmly within the Western genre.

Three extremely influential studies in early genre criticism were to change that bias; all had inherited the critical framework of auteurism but were attempting to grapple with larger questions of genre through a select group of directors. This new edition addresses that problem by providing a career-length reassessment of Peckinpah’s contributions to the western. Refer to Frayling, Spaghetti Westerns: Very useful resource in studying the western films. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

Customers horozons bought this item also bought. The product of a lifetime’s labour and love, Horizons West is a landmark of scholarship and interpretation devoted to, what it for many, Hollywood’s signature genre. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

Review “Indispensable guide to the Western. I heartily recommend horizosn effort to fans and students of the Western movie and its place in American cinema history. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Books by Jim Kitses.