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I Watch Westerns

February 18, 2011 by

The characters are rugged individuals, ingenious in their ability to fend for themselves — under all manner of adverse conditions — and asking for help from nobody. FULL ARTICLE by Frank Chodorov

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BoB February 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm

(just singling out my Western favs out here, others may enjoy different eras of this brand of cinema.)

Thats why “The Outlaw Josey Wales”, as well as earlier Spaghetti Westerns can be watched, over, and over, and……ad nas.

Frank is right, what passes for intellectualism/seriousness or grown up behavior is mostly garbage, especially in modern political domain.

Yeah, Frank…I watch Westerns too.

Good article. I wish this man was around today for commentary.

Troy Doering February 19, 2011 at 1:07 am

My five favorite westerns,
1.) “Once upon a time in the west” – Sergio Leone direction and Ennio Morricone score. it is a masterpiece. Casting Fonda as the Villain. Bronson as a man driven by revenge. Robards as a carefree outlaw.
2.) “The Searchers” – Their best collaboration (Ford and Wayne). “Hondo”, “she wore a yellow ribbon”, “The Man who shot Liberty Valance”. Together they made many good westerns.
3.) “Pat Garrett and Billy the kid” – Peckinpah’s best western. revisionist retelling, but enjoyable.
4.) “High Noon” – because we still have cowards afraid of standing up against evil.
5.) The Outlaw Josey Wales” – based on the novel “Gone to Texas”. Eastwood acting and directing.

And there are so many more. Really good westerns tap into universal themes. and not all westerns have to be set in the past. Some really good modern westerns are “Rancho Deluxe” and “Junior Bonner”.

Joe February 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm

One of my all time favorites is the movie “Shane.” It starred Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin. My favorite actor in the movie was a very young Jack Palance. He was in the shootout in the end. And of course we all remember Brandon De Wilde calling out to Shane, “Come Back Shane.”

Franklin February 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Boys becoming men: _The Cowboys_, directed by Mark Rydell.
John Wayne and Rosco Lee Browne in stellar form. Bruce Dern as the bad ass.
Terrific job by the kids.

SteveLaudig February 20, 2011 at 2:17 am

Both the “lawmen” and the “outlawmen” shared a common goal… the decidedly unlibertarian project of dispossessing the original owners by threat, force or fraud… that is left unmentioned except in ‘Little Big Man’ a somewhat more honest Western and “Blazing Saddles” also somewhat less starry-eyed and this sense more accurate.

J. Murray February 20, 2011 at 9:38 am

It’s a shame that none of the westerns actually reflect anything that really happened.

Nuke Gray February 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm

The new ‘True Grit’ is a good movie. And I wonder if I could include Westworld as a Cowboy movie?

Scott Salsman February 22, 2011 at 9:10 am

Just an excellent essay. I enjoy westerns for exactly the reasons listed here. I actually prefer spaghetti westerns, though. I think I like to watch the Italians’ perceptions of what our country might have been like back then even more than Americans’ perceptions. Not sure why…though they did tend to have Mexican villains rather than Indians, and I prefer watching fake Mexicans to fake Indians for some reason.

Though I suppose when this was written, in 1962, there weren’t any spaghettis yet.

And since we’re listing favorites down here, mine is The Great Silence, followed by Django, both directed by Sergio Corbucci.

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