My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

“What are you squeezin’ that watch for? Squeezin’ that watch ain’t gonna stop time.” Glenn Ford as Ben Wade / 3:10 to Yuma Quiet on the set! Master at Work … One critic has noted the likely influences of German Expressionist film makers in 3:10 to Yuma. Such insight is beyond my ken – so it’s …

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Open Range … the Firearms – Part 3.   Part 3 of Guns and the 20 minute climactic Open Range gunfight. Very well done.

Close Up and Personal  Director Sergio Leone didn’t invent Close-Up shots, but he certainly was influential in their use. This is partly why The Appaloosa is often referred to as the “American Spaghetti Western” – as Director Sidney J. Furie uses close-ups extensively. The movie was also made during the height of Spaghetti Western popularity (1966) and has more …

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“When I knew nothing, I thought I could do anything.” – Robert Duvall Lonesome Dove / Open Range / Broken Trail / True Grit / Joe Kidd / Lawman / The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid

Kevin Costner and Modern West – “Intense” “I haven’t lived a perfect life. I have regrets. But that’s from a lifetime of taking chances, making decisions, and trying not to be frozen. The only thing that I can do with my regrets is understand them.”  – Kevin Costner Kevin Costner Western Filmography Silverado (1985) / Dances …

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“I guess I look like a rock quarry that someone has dynamited”. – Charles Bronson 

When you attend Art College, the first thing they do is take your colors away and lock ’em up. Then they hand you a black crayon and a piece of white paper and say: “Shut up and Draw, pardner.” And draw you do. In 1917 John Ford was handed a black crayon and a camera …

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Eagle Dance Song – Ronald Roybal – Native American Flute Music John Ford Point … Monument Valley “Director John Ford’s 1939 film Stagecoach, starring John Wayne, has had an enduring influence in making Monument Valley famous. After that first experience, Ford returned nine times to shoot Westerns — even when the films were not set …

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To be included in My Favorite Westerns: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid; The Wild Bunch; and MFW Great Western Directors     “I loved Westerns as a kid, and I wanted to see if they held up”. – Sam Pekinpah They’re holding up pretty good Sam.

It takes great Directors to make great Westerns. I’ve decided I need to  create another section called The Great Western Directors. I hadn’t intended this, but it’s become unavoidable. The reason being that in working on my celebration of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, I’ve discovered so much material and information on Sam Pekinpah that …

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