A Western is a genre of stories, often portrayed through radio shows and movies that involve cowboys, saloons and gunfighting. Westerns are predominantly set in the 19th century in the American Frontier, which is now the South Western part of the United States. They are usually set in vast, empty desert landscapes, and feature a lone hero, usually typified by a cowboy. There are a lot of long, staring lots, cactuses, and horses. One of the most famous westerns of all time is ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ which features an iconic soundtrack.
The western genre is popular as they are the quintessential American movie genre. They depict life on the frontier and show the interesting life of characters on natural landscapes. The western genre is able to story tell very clearly. They explore seven types of narrative conflicts like character vs. character, character vs. nature, character vs. society, character vs. self, character vs. technology, character vs. fate, and character vs. supernatural.
A spaghetti western is an Italian made Western film from the 1960s and 1970s. Their depictions of the Old West have made them some of the most of the most popular Westerns created. International filmmakers loved Westerns as it allowed them to produce high-quality movies on a budget. Spaghetti Westerns showed audiences the harshness of the Old West and featured American actors such as Clint Eastwood.
Elements of a western film include Native American characters, guns and gun fights, violence and human massacres, horses, trains and train robberies, bank robberies, runaway stagecoaches, shoot-outs, and show downs. Other elements are outlaws, sheriffs, cattle drives, cattle rustling, stampedes, barroom brawls, search and destroy plots, and open landscapes. Distinctive western clothing items are also elements of a western film.