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On Sam Pekinpah and his Contributions to the Western

Credited with turning the genre from moral simplicity to moral complexity, Peckinpah’s elegiac tones and lyrical execution make it almost impossible to watch typical action westerns with the childlike excitement they once invoked. Sam Peckinpah spent his formative years as an assistant to Don Siegel, the director who would later make the Dirty Harry films Read MoreRead More

John Ford’s Vision of the West

This video essay examines the representation of the frontier in John Ford’s Westerns. Ford’s visual poetics illustrate Frederick Jackson Turner’s conception of the frontier as “the meeting point between savagery and civilization.” Ford’s films, in this regard, allow us to explore seminal foundational concepts of America history and ideology. by  Matthias StorkRead More