18 Facts About Western film


The Western film depicts a society organized around codes of honor and personal, direct or private justice–"frontier justice"–dispensed by gunfights.

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The popular perception of the Western film is a story that centers on the life of a seminomadic wanderer, usually a cowboy or a gunfighter.

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The term "Western", used to describe a narrative film genre, appears to have originated with a July 1912 article in Motion Picture World magazine.

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Western film fiction is a genre of literature set in the American Old West, most commonly between 1860 and 1900.

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The Western film is filled with bizarre characters and occurrences, use of maimed and dwarf performers, and heavy doses of Christian symbolism and Eastern philosophy.

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Rosenbaum describes the acid Western film as "formulating a chilling, savage frontier poetry to justify its hallucinated agenda"; ultimately, he says, the Acid Western film expresses a counterculture sensibility to critique and replace capitalism with alternative forms of exchange.

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Quick Gun Murugun, an Indian comedy film that spoofs Indian Western movies, is based on a character created for television promotions at the time of the launch of the music network Channel [V] in 1994, which had cult following.

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Laal Kaptaan is an IndoWestern film starring Saif Ali Khan, which is set during the rise of the British Empire in India.

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The Western film featured multiple performing rock bands in an otherwise American West setting.

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Epic Western film is a subgenre of the Western film that emphasizes the story of the American Old West on a grand scale.

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One of the most popular German Western film franchises was the Winnetou series, which featured a Native American Apache hero in the lead role.

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Jordan Peele's film Nope combines horror and science fiction with a neo-Western lens.

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Generic term for a Western which is combined with another genre such as horror, film noir or martial arts.

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Western film became honorary chief of the Sioux tribe when he visited the United States, in the 1990s, and the television crew accompanying him showed the tribe of one of his films.

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The classic Western genre has been a major influence on science-fiction films such as the original Star Wars movie of 1977, with 2018's Solo: A Star Wars Story and 2019's Star Wars: The Mandalorian more directly featuring Western tropes.

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Weird Western film combines elements of the classic Western film with those of other genres, particularly fantasy, horror and science fiction.

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The Magnificent Seven was a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Western film Seven Samurai, and A Fistful of Dollars was a remake of Kurosawa's Yojimbo, which itself was inspired by Red Harvest, an American detective novel by Dashiell Hammett.

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In turn, the Western has explored noir elements, as with the films Pursued and Sugar Creek.

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