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How well do you know the Hollywood Western? [quiz]

In Hollywood Aesthetic: Pleasure in American Cinema, film studies professor Todd Berliner explains how Hollywood delivers aesthetic pleasure to mass audiences. The following quiz is based on information found in chapter 12, “Complexity and Experimentation in the Western.” The chapter explains the aesthetic value of increased complexity in genre filmmaking by examining filmmakers’ efforts to continually complicate the figure of the Western hero. It studies the appeal, for Western cinephiles, of Hollywood’s most complex Westerns of the studio era. It also demonstrates how more recent filmmakers have kept the Western alive by revitalizing outdated conventions and mining new material from the genre.

Quiz image: Wild West Show at High Chaparral. Photo by High Chaparral Sweden. CC-BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Featured image: “Warner Brothers television westerns stars 1959” Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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