Tag Archives: Western

128. Paris, Texas

Although Wim Wenders’ picture won the Palme d’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, a lot of American critics thought little of it. Has time proven them wrong?

109. Heaven’s Gate

Heaven’s Gate was such a flop, it sank a studio. But in the years since its release, its reputation has been growing. Is it the masterpiece some people claim?

106. Tootsie

Tootsie tackled 1980s’ chauvanism by disguising a man as a woman. Hilarious as it was, the tradition can be traced as far back as Homer’s Illiad.

60. Amadeus

When Amadeus was initially released the trailer was given a near saturation run on MTV, presenting the composer as the punk of his day.

57. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

With 4 Oscars and over $548m at the box-office, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid remains the most popular western ever made.

55. Brokeback Mountain

How did this film, adapted from Annie Proulx’s acclaimed short story and initially categorized as ‘the gay cowboy’ movie, go on to gross over $180m worldwide?

38. High Noon

On its release in 1952, High Noon was seen as an allegory for the McCarthy witch-hunts, but as each new year passes older themes continue to emerge.

33. The Wild Bunch

Sam Peckinpah’s masterpiece stands as a landmark western, announcing as it did the beginning of the end to the quintessential American genre.

9. Ennio Morricone

With over 400 film scores, Ennio Morricone has worked across many genres and with many of directors, yet has maintained his own inimitable sound.

5. Terrorism in Film

As far back as World War II, Hollywood cinema has assisted in promoting American foreign policy. How has it responded to the 9/11 atrocities?

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