Are Non-American Westerns Really Westerns?

In addition to that question, we’ll try to answer other queries about this film genre that we tend to think of as strictly American. What are the characteristics that make a film a western? What characterizes good westerns? Are westerns still relevant? We’ll watch three films from China and filmed in Tibet, “Soul on a String” (2016), 129 minutes; the 1970 Russian film, “White Sun of the Desert,” 85 minutes; and the contemporary American western, “The Rider” (2017), 105 minutes. Watch these films before the class if you can – you will see much more when you watch again.

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