From the very beginnings of cinema in America, the Western has been a central genre. The hazardous lives of the settlers, their conflict with native Americans and the lawsless frontier towns make great film subjects. The Western starts with an introduction to the real American West, and traces the development of the genre from early silent films to the revisionist Westerns of recent decades. Includes information on all the major Hollywood directors, actors, and noteworthy films of the genre.
David Carter is a writer, translator and freelance journalist, and currently Professor of Communicative English at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. He has also taught at the universities in the UK, lecturing on European cinema, and published on German and French literature, psychoanalysis, aesthetics, film history, drama and applied linguistics. He has recently published translations of Georges Simenon's Three Crimes and Honore de Balzac's Sarrasine, and written Pocket Essentials on Georges Simenon, Literary Theory and Kamera Books on East Asian Cinema and the forthcoming The Western