Category: The Western Enters the 70s by D.M. Palmer

A Vague Visages Film Series by D.M. Palmer

Western Movie Essay - Little Big Man

The Western Enters the 70s – Part 4: The Iconoclast’s Dilemma

“Faced with the death of its utopian hopes, the remnants of America’s counterculture split into two tendencies: the pastoral and the criminal. Its despondency was turned inwards and outwards; one side sought to build alternative structures in line with a higher authority, while the other strove to rearrange the wreckage of the existing order.”

Western Movie Essay - High Plains Drifter

The Western Enters the 70s – Part 3: Expansion Pains

“The cowboy is an emissary of civilisation, enduring all the hardships the elements can throw at him to create a space in which civilised values can flourish unhindered. The symbolism of the cowboy is so potent that it continues to be invoked for political gain.”

Western Movie Essay - The Hired Hand

The Western Enters the 70s – Part 2: Kicking Down the Doors

“With the Acid Western, the genre had once again proven itself capable of assimilating new grievances and anxieties.”

Western Movie Essay - The Ballad of Cable Hogue

The Western Enters the 70s – Part 1: Sam Peckinpah’s Lonely Cowboy

“With his concern for the outsider, and his reorienting of the West’s perception in the American mind, Peckinpah helped to birth the Acid Western.”