The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones

Author: Charles Neider
Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 1784975141
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Nowadays, I understand, the tourists come for miles to see Hendry Jones' grave out on the Punta del Diablo and to debate whether his bones are there or not... A stark and violent depiction of one of America's most alluring folk heroes, the mythical doomed gunslinger. Set on the majestic coast of Southern California, Doc Baker narrates his tale of the Kid's capture, trial, escape and eventual murder. Written in spare and subtle prose, this is one of the great literary treatments of America's obsession with the rule of the gun.

Dem Himmel bin ich auserkoren

Author: Thornton Wilder
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104034540
Format: PDF, ePub
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Thornton Wilders ›Dem Himmel bin ich auserkoren‹ ist ein Roman über die Tragik und die Komik unseres Lebens, eine satirische Spiegelung der US-amerikanischen Gesellschaft der 1930er-Jahre. Eigentlich ist George Marvin Brush ein ganz gewöhnlicher Handlungsreisender, der Schulbücher verkauft. Doch wichtiger als seine Schulbücher sind ihm die Seelen seiner Mitmenschen. Seine Irrfahrten im Mittelwesten der USA führen zu einer Fülle tragischer und komischer Konflikte und spiegeln mit satirischer Verve die Gesellschaft in den USA der fünfziger Jahre. Wie jeder, der versucht, sein Leben mit äußerster Konsequenz nach höchsten Prinzipien zu leben, wird Brush für verrückt gehalten. »Von Wilders Büchern ist mir dieses am nächsten gekommen.« Reinhold Schneider

Sam Peckinpah

Author: Kevin J. Hayes
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9781934110645
Format: PDF, Docs
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Collected interviews with the combustible director of The Wild Bunch, Ride the High Country, Straw Dogs, The Getaway, and other films

Brando Rides Alone

Author: Barry Gifford
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781556434853
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Part critique, part witty polemic, this revisiting of one of the 1960s' most tortured and misunderstood productions finds a flawed masterpiece that survived multiple writers (including Stanley Kubrick), an egomaniacal star with no previous directing experience, and a virulent critical reaction to become, in retrospect, a crucial rethinking of the Western genre. Included is an excerpt from a screenplay cowritten by Barry Gifford and James Hamilton that retools Brando's characters into the hapless inhabitants of a noir Old West.

If They Move Kill Em

Author: David Weddle
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 0802190081
Format: PDF, Docs
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“What Citizen Kane was to movie lovers in 1941, The Wild Bunch was to cineastes in 1969,” critic Michael Sragow wrote in the New Yorker. “Its adrenaline rush of revelations seemed to explode the parameters of the screen.” If They Move . . . Kill ‘Em! is the first major biography of David Samuel Peckinpah. Written by the film critic and historian David Weddle, this fascinating account does critical justice to an important body of cinema as it spins the tale of Peckinpah’s dramatic, overcharged life and the turbulent times through which he moved. Sam Peckinpah was born into a clan of lumberjacks, cattle ranchers, and frontier lawyers. After a hitch with the Marines, he made his way to Hollywood, where he worked on a string of low-budget features. In 1955 he began writing scripts for Gunsmoke; in less than a year he was one of the hottest writers in television, with two classic series, The Rifleman and The Westerner, to his credit. From there he went on to direct a phenomenal series of features, including Ride the High Country, Straw Dogs, The Getaway, Pat Garrett and the Billy the Kid, and The Wild Bunch. Peckinpah was both a hopeless romantic and a grim nihilist, a filmmaker who defined his era as much as he was shaped by it. Rising to prominence in the social and political upheaval of the late sixties and early seventies, Peckinpah and his generation of directors—Stanley Kubrick, Arthur Penn, Robert Altman—broke with convention and turned the traditional genres of Western, science fiction, war, and detective movies inside out. No other era in Hollywood has matched it for sheer energy, audacity, and originality, no one cut a wider path through that time than Sam Peckinpah.

New Wests and Post Wests

Author: Paul Varner
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443853348
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The writers of these chapters are often working with changing assumptions about literary and media interpretations of an American West. Here we see critical approaches to a West that never was, a West of myth so enduring that the myth dominates nearly all artistic representation about this place that never was. In this collection, we see critical approaches to a New West, a West that is a state of mind, not a geographical place but a mythic space with no boundaries and no political inevitabilities. These New Western studies accept the idea of a West that includes Canada, Mexico, Alaska, and, in the case of the US, every geographic and historical point west of the historic founding settlements. The West we study today is a post-West, an idea of the West past the traditional views of an old West dominated by white US nationalism and gendered as uncompromisingly masculine. The idea itself of a single West no longer holds validity. We now understand that all renderings of the West are renderings of multiple Wests; Wests constructed by American nationalists, Wests constructed by EuroAmerican writers and filmmakers, Wests constructed by native peoples, or Wests constructed outside the geographical boundaries of the US. This collection presents an eclectic array of new scholarship ranging freely over the New Wests and Post Wests, dealing with issues such as the literature of a 1950s California West; eco-crime genre fiction; the West of Edward Dorn and the Beat Movement; images of prostitution in California Gold Rush literature; European perspectives on film representations of the first peoples; the six shooter and the American West; German Westerns and Italian Westerns; The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones, by Charles Neider; and films such as The Treasure of Sierra Madre, Into the Wild, There Will Be Blood, and The Last Picture Show. A unique aspect of this collection is the range of writers interpreting the American West in film and literature; besides those writing from within the United States, five of the writers provide international perspectives from the United Kingdom, and the Universities of Tunis, Vienna, and Rome. Each chapter includes a review of scholarship on its subject and an extended bibliography for further research.


Author: Paul Seydor
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252068355
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Assesses Peckinpah's stature as a major artist and details the unbelievably shoddy treatment afforded his films by hostile producers and studio hit men