America's Most Noble Creation: The Western Movie
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Yes, they were racist and sexist; yes, they were corny and formulaic and historically inaccurate (if not downright fantastic), and yes, the rules protecting animals from being treated cruelly weren't in place yet. But nonetheless, there was a time when the "western" (the "cowboy movie") was not only Hollywood's bread-and-butter staple, it was the idiom by which the rest of the world recognized and got to know us.
Despite what we may have been told, America didn't invent the automobile, airplane, bicycle or electric light bulb. While we modified and improved them, we didn't invent them. But we did invent the Western movie. And, in a sense, the Western movie invented us. It's no exaggeration to say that what the average American knows about branding irons, mining towns, cattle rustling and frontier saloons, they learned from Western movies and TV shows.
When I lived in India (Malerkotla, Punjab), the town's only cinema couldn't afford to show any first-run American movies, so
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