- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Seven Locks Press; 2nd edition (November 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0963358251
- ISBN-13: 978-0963358257
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.9 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,316,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cowboy's Trail Guide to Westerns Paperback – November, 2003
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The majority of films covered in the book date from 1950 to the early 1990s. There are a smattering of films from the 1940s and before. Each listing includes the cast and director, date of release, and studio or production company, plus a one-sentence plot description. A fair number, apparently unseen by the author, lack ratings.
The opening sections of the book set up the author's particular point of view, offering a thumbnail history of western filmmaking, including silents, B-westerns, and spaghetti westerns. A longer section describes the myths associated with the Old West (cowboys, lawmen, outlaws, Native Americans). A briefer section is devoted to the subject of historical authenticity and how the western has been used by Hollywood writers and directors in more recent years to redress the inaccuracies resulting from the mythology. Matuszak takes an interest, for example, in how the mythology of the Alamo is embedded in the national character, while historical fact tells another (and no less compelling) story. He takes a similar interest in Hollywood's many retellings of the Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, and Jesse James stories.Read more ›