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Gender a film in principle be included in this genre simply by being placed its action in a particular context: the exploration and development of the western territory of the United States of America during the nineteenth century. But over time the characteristics of the historical context were extended to the characters in these stories, determining their way of life and define its character. Being the films often set in unexplored or untamed territories under the looming threat of Indian attack, or in cities where lawless bandits roam, gender was looking toward the confrontation of the various characters, increasingly becoming a more psychological nature.Typically, in some of these characters are unambiguously good, that hopefully people traveling to those lands with the utopia of building a home and live in peace, and others represented on the contrary the evil side, those who took advantage of the helpless to make your life easier. It is for this whole series of key themes and commonalities is not considered necessary that a film is set in the American West in order to qualify for western, although this can always be an appreciation of something sui generis. The western has been often used by American film to write the epic of their own country, a narrative process legendary founding of the United States starring heroes who embody some of the deepest values of their culture, always under the inspiration Manifest Destiny and a characteristic iconography (cowboy hat, guns, vests, horses, desert, city street, saloon, ranches, stagecoaches, Indians …).Within the usual western trends or the difference between different sub-genres, such as the so-called western twilight (Arthur Penn and Little Big Man, Sam Peckinpah and Major Dundee, Clint Eastwood and Lawrence Kasdan or Unforgiven and Silverado), the spaghetti western, whose most noted was director Sergio Leone (The death came at a price, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly etc.) or the western chili made in Mexico. Some directors and actors specialized in the genre to the point of becoming modern icons of this type of film, such as John Ford, John Wayne or Randolph Scott.

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