Horizons West: Directing the Western from John Ford to Clint Eastwood (Film Classics S.)

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When first published in 1969, Horizons West was immediately recognised as the definitive critical account of the Western film and some of its key directors. This greatly expanded new edition is, like the original, written in a graceful, penetrating and absorbingly readable style.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: British Film Institute; 2nd edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844570509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844570508
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

Magnificent Expansion

21 people found this helpful.
 on September 2, 2005
By Michael Samerdyke
This is a magnificent expansion of Kitses’ 1970 book, which looked at the Westerns of Anthony Mann, Budd Boetticher and Sam Peckinpah. It is fine reading for anyone interested in the Western.

A CLASSIC STUDY RE-WORKED AND REISSUED

11 people found this helpful.
 on January 31, 2006
By Andrew Mangravite
Back in the late 1960s Jim Kitses wrote an enjoyable study of three western directors who at the time were not nearly as highly regarded as they are today. His chapters on Anthony Mann and Budd Boetticher were marvelous because both directors had pretty much completed their contibutions to the western genre. The chapter on Sam Peckinpah left something to be desired since, at the time, Peckinpah had only three feature films–all of them westerns–under his belt. This new edition addresses that problem by providing a career-length reassessment of Peckinpah’s contributions to the western. The other new material–mainly on John Ford and Clint Eastwood–is certainly readable, but I’m not certain that it was essential. Nevertheless it is good to have this volume back in print once more.

A Must Read For Serious Fans Of Western Movies

4 people found this helpful.
 on January 5, 2010
By TMStyles
“Horizons West” is subtitled “Directing The Western From John Ford To Clint Eastwood” and it reads as a powerful primer on creating, directing, and dissecting the Western movie genre. It is an excellent revision of the original 1969 book that includes newer perspectives as well as adds the work of Ford, Leone, and Eastwood. It is a scholarly effort that is well researched, annotated, and footnoted with an excellent bibliography and filmography included.

Five Stars

 on January 15, 2016
By Judy Walker
Very useful resource in studying the western films.

Five Stars

 on July 4, 2014
By Adam K.
100% Satisfied! Just as described.

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