2. THE GENRE.
The genre is Western.
Other films in the same genre are :
Dances with Wolves – 1990 ( By Kevin
Tombstone – 1993 ( By George P. Cosmatos )
True Grit – 2010 ( By Coen Brothers )
The Wild Bunch – 1969 ( By Sam Peckinpah)
Unforgiven – 1992 ( By Clint Eastwood)
4. THE PURPOSE OF WESTERN GENRE.
The purpose of the Western genre is to
portray the later half of the 19th century in
the American Old West, hence why in the
majority of Western movies, the accents are
Additionally, it is to show the audience what
life was like during this period.
5. THE AUDIENCE.
The target audience for Western films is a
wide age category due to a lot of violence
being in the films and also because older
generations are more intrigued into westerns
due to westerns being on TV a lot
throughout their childhoods, but the main
group they are aimed at is males due to the
violence within them.
6. LIST OF FEW CONVENTIONS OF THIS GENRE...
Western Conventions Examples from Films
The lone, cynical cowboy who is trying to be
honourable in a dishonourable environment.
Usually he is lonely because he is a widower,
or he was wronged.
True Grit – 2010 Directed By Joel and Ethan
A woman who is the voice of reason, (and
probably the love interest) for the "hero.“
Damsel in distress.
Django Unchained – 2012 Directed By
A climatic shoot-out between the hero (or
heroes, including the strong woman) and the
The Wild Bunch – 1969
Directed By Sam Peckinpah
Explosive scenes. Tombstone – 1993
By George Cosmatoes.
7. Conventions Evidence Explanation
A climatic shoot-out
This is because during the later
half of the 19th century, men
would shoot each other in a
sort of face off to see which
one is more of the ‘better’ man.
A strong woman
who is the voice of
There has to be a women who
the main character is in love
with or in search of.
Explosive Scenes Explosions were another form
of weapons used to create
damage but also it makes to
movie seem more effective and
entertaining to the target
A subgenre is two genres fused together.
The subgenre of the movie is
Other films from this subgenre are ;
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly– Released
Once upon a time in the West– Released in
Young Guns 2 – Released in 1990
A hybrid is when there are 3 genres fused
An example of a Western hybrid is :
Jeremiah Johnson – Released in1972
True Grit– Released in 2012.
Dances with Wolves– Released in 1990
10. CONNOTATION AND DENOTATION
would be that there
are two men riding
A connotation would be that in a typical cowboy movie, the
main character would travel alone however here this is not
Also, the fact
that this movie is
slavery, this idea
idea of the
the movie.As the
cowboy is black.Two shot is used to
show that both people
in this shot are very
11. CONNOTATION AND DENOTATION
Denotation would be
that there are
flowers covered in
However the denotation could be that as they there
white flowers, white symbolises purity, and red
symbolises angry, this could show that the main
character was pure and hatred free until his wife was
taken away and his innocent was lost.
12. HOW ARE PEOPLE , PLACES AND/OR OBJECTS
BEING REPRESENTED IN THE TRAILER?
o There are many zoom in
shots within the trailer to
importance, power and
strength. This is typical of a
villain as they are always
the main focus of the
o This behaviour was normal for
white men to treat blacks as there
servants and has this character has
more than one, he seems to be
someone of great importance.
13. HOW ARE PEOPLE , PLACES AND/OR OBJECTS
BEING REPRESENTED IN THE TRAILER?
o Women were treated like ‘dirty’
and therefore by dragging her on
the ground, it means that she is
o No respect for women.
o The man dragging her is white
and therefore this shows
historical content of slavery and
what life was like for black
o By sitting her down and having
his hand over her head, this
shows that she is below everyone
else but also the man holding her
is powerful and has control over
14. STEREOTYPES IN THE TRAILER...
o This was a very stereotypical poster which would have been found in
ever bar in real and in the movie life of Western. People were always
getting hunted for money in return whether they found you dead or alive.
In Western movies, there will always be someone who is being the hunter
or the hunted.
15. STEREOTYPES IN THE TRAILER...
o There are always gun fights and horse chases in a Western movie. Whether
is be that the hero rides the horse or the villain. There is always a horse chase
scene which is shown in the second screen grab.
16. RE- INFORCED OR CHALLENGED?
Stereotype Re – in forced Challenged.
‘Wanted Dead or Alive’
This is re – in forced
because the basic meaning
behind a western movie is that
someone is hunting someone to
kill them or they are being
Weapons and Horse Chases. This is also re - in forced
because in every western
movie, each cowboy has a gun
and a horse.
17. HISTORICAL CONTENT
This movie involves slavery at the time and the
mistreatment of blacks in one of the years of 1858,
which was a big part of American history with civil
The idea that there is a black cowboy, it challenges
the stereotype that white men are usual cowboys.