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  •  My favorite "Western" film, Lonely Are the Brave (2+ / 0-)
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    BlueOak, Redfire

    was based on Abbey's 2nd novel, The Brave Cowboy.  Kirk Douglas read the book when it came out and fell in live with the story, insisting that Universal Pictures make a movie of it with him as the lead.  They brought in screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who had been formerly blacklisted, and had written the script for Spartacus earlier in his career.

    It really isn't a western so much as a movie set in the West.  I highly recommend it.  Abbey's themes of individualism, self reliance, ambivalence towards modernity and preference for the natural environment over the manmade one are captured well in the film...it would be a good introduction the the author in your class.

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 06:22:04 AM PST

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