Appreciating the Importance of Western Films
|November 18, 2011||Posted by berns under Westernfilms||
Western films, or what are more commonly called westerns define the film industry of America. These classic films are seen usually as a kind of ode to the yesteryears when the American frontier was still a stretch of wild land. These films are part of the kind that is known to be so typically American in their genesis, thus making them among the oldest and most enduring among all film genres of all time.
Although the popularity of the western films has hit its highs and lows over the decades with the thirties to the sixties being the most productive periods and a revival happening in the nineties, we can say that westerns would really last until the end of time.
The Popularity of Western Films
Western films are considered as a native art form in America, they are mostly concentrated on the western frontier of North America. Over the years, the films may show that the usual settings of these classics are on the American frontier during the last few years of the 19th century, immediately after the Civil War of America.
Most common locations of these films are of the western geography of rugged terrains or large expanse of frontier landscapes. However, there are also classic Westerns that are set during the colonial period of America or during the middle part of the 20th century and could even be set as far as Mexico. Numerous Western films have also used the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, the Civil War or the Mexican Revolution in 1910 as their main themes.
The most classic of Western films usually show the wilderness being overcome for the chance at civilization. Usually, these films also show territorial freedoms that are taken from their original settlers at the frontier. As such, the specific locations for westerns include ranch houses, abandoned or out-of-the-way forts, jails, livery stables, saloons, main streets of small towns, remote homesteads or small towns at the frontier that are showing some signs of civilization. Many Native American locations may often be seen and used in these films as well.
Other Things to Take Note Of In Western Films
Some additional aspects that one can see in Western films that are now considered as symbolic like riding spurs and the many styles of western hats, cattle drives, hanging trees, lassos, buckskins and bandanas, stagecoaches, canteens, gamblers and prostitutes and many others. Quite frequently, the cowboys portrayed in these films have always had their favorite horses that are shown to be faithful to their riders.
Through the years of western movie evolution, most of them had been redefined, reinvented and are still keeping the interest of the people going. This is probably due to the fact that this era it depicts glorifies a lot of its fading values and aspirations that were common during those bygone days in the West.