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Western Movies: Myth, Ideology, and Genre

By Professor Richard Slotkin

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Listen to Professor Richard Slotkin's final course before retirement, Western Movies: Myths, Ideology, and Genre. Western movies form the oldest of American film genre. They have also been the most important modern vehicles for one of the oldest and most significant of American cultural myths - the myth of the frontier. The course surveys the development of the Western film genre and sets it in historical and cultural context. In addition to viewing 20 or more feature films, we will study some of the precinematic sources of Western themes and images (novels, paintings). There will also be readings in the history of movies, critical and cultural theory, and political history.

Customer Reviews

Great, introspective considerations

Fun to untangle film. It reminds me of the book 'Images of Madness' by Michael Fleming which has a similar approach but with psychological analysis with visuals and sound. Marvelous.

Western Movies: Myth, Ideology and genre

The lectures are quite interesting but not being able to see the clips of the movies and not hear the answer to his question from the student body ruins the effect of the lectures. Being a video lecture you would think that the movie clips that he uses to point up his lecture of each film would very much be a part of the course and so I was disappointed and felt totally outside the lecture and the courses agenda.

Horrible sound quality and terrible video

What else is there to say? I couldn’t understand a single word of any lecture.