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|November 22, 2011||Posted by berns under Western Serials, Westernfilms||
Western films have always been an enjoyable kind of movie or television show for millions of viewers. The appeal of the wild west with its scenic landscapes and its historic characters that includes the lawless gunfighters that seem to have an attraction that cannot be classified.
These have been a standard offering of the entertainment industry since both movie and television’s development with great success. This article will take a look at a few of both the movies and television shows that have given so much enjoyment to people and explore some of the characters that have been depicted.
The Spread of Western Films
Let’s start with the western films most well known since they were around long before the television and the shows that were developed for that media format.
The location called Monument Valley, which is at the four corners site of the U.S. that includes the states of Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico and has always been a preferred shooting site for many films. One in particular was called Stagecoach. The capacity to show the beautiful scenery in a wide screen medium that was the primary contribution to this film. This helped to set the norms that other western films would copy.
Next, was the film “The Magnificent Seven” that portrayed the usual scenario of the good guys protecting the townsfolk and was to become a Hollywood standard that never fully stopped to this day. Then there were the Italian made western films that helped to develop the loner type of character portrayed by Clint Eastwood in the movies known as “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, For a Few Dollars More”, as well as in “A Fist Full of Dollars.” These became hugely successful and many western movie enthusiasts are very familiar with these Sergio Leone directed westerns.
Modern Western Films
Just a few years ago, Billy the Kid and his gang were portrayed by the young blood of tinseltown in the movie “Young Guns.” This western film made so much money it was quickly followed by another. Even the highly respected actor/director Clint Eastwood continued his western movie genre with the movie “Unforgiven” which went on to win an Academy Award. Finally, if western movies are being discussed, it is very hard to list them down and not include legendary actor John Wayne into the mix. He became the icon of the western movie for decades.
There were also television shows that took part in this genre like “The Lone Ranger” and “Bonanza,” and especially “Gunsmoke.” These would depict various styles of living in the Wild West and follow the characters and their lives from range life to lawless towns where the most important place in town would be the saloon. But Western films were still the most popular form of entertainment in this kind since they could easily exported to other countries.
Despite the often atypical qualities of western films like the gunfighter, the horse, and the saloon, many people still find them quite enjoyable. This is certainly why they have appealed to generations of moviegoers and they will continue to do so for generations more.