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Nihilism in film and television : a critical overview from Citizen Kane to The Sopranos
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ISBN: 9780786425471 0786425474 Year: 2006 Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co.,

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"This book explores the idea of nihilism (a pervading attitude that nothing matters), as introduced by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, through its appearance in modern popular culture. The author defines and reflects upon nihilism and explores its manifestation in film and TV"--Provided by publisher.


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Ride, boldly ride : the evolution of the American western
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ISBN: 9780520258662 0520258665 Year: 2012 Publisher: Berkeley : ©2012 University of California Press,

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Ride, boldly ride : the evolution of the American western
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ISBN: 1283622793 0520953479 9780520953475 9780520258662 0520258665 Year: 2012 Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press,

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This comprehensive study of the Western covers its history from the early silent era to recent spins on the genre in films such as No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, True Grit, and Cowboys & Aliens. While providing fresh perspectives on landmarks such as Stagecoach, Red River, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and The Wild Bunch, the authors also pay tribute to many under-appreciated Westerns. Ride, Boldly Ride explores major phases of the Western's development, including silent era oaters, A-production classics of the 1930's and early 1940's, and the more psychologically complex portrayals of the Westerner that emerged after World War II. The authors also examine various forms of genre-revival and genre-revisionism that have recurred over the past half-century, culminating especially in the masterworks of Clint Eastwood. They consider themes such as the inner life of the Western hero, the importance of the natural landscape, the roles played by women, the tension between myth and history, the depiction of the Native American, and the juxtaposing of comedy and tragedy. Written in clear, engaging prose, this is the only survey that encompasses the entire history of this long-lived and much-loved genre.

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