The English term west derived in the French ouest which, in turn, came to our language as West . When it is written with an initial capital letter, the concept refers to the Cardinal point in which, usually, the Sun .
The west, which can be named as west (because of the sun), it is also the place located at West (another synonym for the term) with respect to another site. For example: “The refuge is three kilometers west”, “Our country is located west of Uruguay”, "If we walk west, we will reach the river".
The area to the west within a nation or of a certain territory is known simply as west: "I am fascinated by films that take place in the American West", “The richest neighborhoods are in the west of the city”, "I will travel the West African for the next three months".
The notion of the West, on the other hand, is associated with a certain territorial extension of the United States . Named as Old West or Wild West , It's about the region towards which the North American country expanded during the XIX century , conquering territories with direction to Pacific Ocean .
The West, in this sense, includes various popular symbols and characters that became part of a film genre , with cowboys or cowboys, native aboriginal settlers and bandits who lived outside the law . In this way, we can talk about "Western films", "Stories of the West", etc.: “My aunt is a fan of Western films”, “Yesterday I saw a Western movie in which a sheriff managed to catch dozens of thieves with a single revolver”.
Some iconic Western movies
Here we show you 3 movies extremely popular that belong to this gender .
1 -The diligence . This movie was filmed in 1939 and was directed by John Ford. As main actor was John Wayne and among other actors also collaborated Thomas Mitchell who was given an Oscar for best supporting actor (Thomas Mitchell).
In an Arizona town they expel two individuals who consider a bad example for the good rule of citizens. They are the prostitute Dallas and Dr. Josiah Boone who has long since turned to drinking. They will leave the town in a diligence to Mexico where they also travel a banker, a pregnant woman who is going to meet her husband who is captain of the cavalry army and a couple of other characters: forming a diverse and uneven group. Throughout the trip will take place all series of events of this kind of movies: chases, shootings, laughs and romance. A film that undoubtedly represents in itself the archetypal film of the west.
2- Only in the face of danger It is another iconic western film that features the stellar performances of Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, a marriage that just got married and they are going to live in the city; for that, he leaves his sheriff's post in the town where he lives. In addition, a group of outlaws are looking for him to kill him, since he has captured them several times. However, his love of justice can be more than his security and he decides to stay to face his persecutors. This is another film in which there is a bit of everything: shootings, violence, love, drama and very good music.
3- The impenetrable face It was filmed in 1961 and is one of the films in which Marlon Brando demonstrated his skills not only acting but also directing. However, it was the first film he directed and also the only one.
Dad and Rio (Karl Malden and Marlon Brando) are two friends who go through life making misdeeds. One of his robberies does not go as expected, Dad manages to escape but Rio is arrested. Instead of looking for his friend again, Dad runs away with the money. Something later, Rio escapes and starts looking for his friend; Your goal is to take revenge for your treason , but to find him it turns out that he is the sheriff of a town and the father of a beautiful young woman whom Rio falls in love with. As you can see, another complete western movie: with betrayal, revenge, fights and love. It should be noted that it was very well received by critics and that it is considered as one of the identity films of the Western Genre.