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Engaging the Moving Image$
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Noël Carroll

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300091953

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300091953.001.0001

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The Professional Western: South of the Border

The Professional Western: South of the Border

(p.323) Chapter 16 The Professional Western: South of the Border
Engaging the Moving Image

Noël Carroll

Yale University Press

The topic of this chapter is a series of four thematically related American Westerns: Vera Cruz, The Magnificent Seven, The Professionals, and The Wild Bunch. In each, a group of American mercenaries finds itself south of the border and becomes involved in what may be described as various Mexican revolutions. Because these Westerns involve a paramilitary group of expert warriors, they are apt to be categorized as members of the sub-genre called the professional Western. The professional Western, in turn, has been theorized as a celebration of expertise that reflects the ethos of an emerging social class in America that has been alternatively referred to as the managerial class, the technocracy, the professional managerial class, or, more recently, the overclass.

Keywords:   professional Western, American Westerns, American mercenaries, Mexican revolutions, paramilitary group, Vera Cruz, The Magnificent Seven, The Professionals, The Wild Bunch, managerial class

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