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Treasures 5: The West, 1898-1938 (review)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5158-3216
2012 (English)In: Moving image, ISSN 1532-3978, E-ISSN 1542-4235, Vol. 12, no 2, 181-186 p.Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

When frontier outlaw Al Jennings made a film in 1914 glamorizing his life story, US marshal Bill Tilghman decided to make his own film condemning frontier banditry and restaging his most famous arrests. The film was called The Passing of the Oklahoma Outlaw (1915). When outlaws held up a bank near the site where Tilghman was filming in late March 1915, he halted production to pursue them and then returned to filming. “Seldom have the frontier West and the film Western been more inseparable,” Scott Simmon writes in the program notes to this exceptional collection. While Jennings’s film is unfortunately considered lost, fifteen minutes of The Passing of the Oklahoma Outlaw have survived, as has another film starring Jennings,The Lady of the Dugout (1918). Treasures 5: The West, 1898–1938 presents these two films alongside a wide-ranging smorgasbord of fictional, promotional, educational, and amateur films, travelogues, and newsreels about the American West. The collection vividly illustrates the intermingling of reality and representation that characterizes this particular, highly contested space.

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2012. Vol. 12, no 2, 181-186 p.
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DVD review, Western films, the American West, frontier, film history, National Film Preservation Foundation, Clara Bow
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Studies on Film
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-99583OAI: diva2:687267
Available from: 2014-01-13 Created: 2014-01-13 Last updated: 2014-01-13

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