Friday, September 11, 2015
"How the West Was Won" (1963)
And it is a piece of today’s technology that one is reminded of in watching “How the West Was Won.” It feels a lot like all of those Youtube videos shot on GoPro. The super-wide perspective is quite similar. It also has the challenges one would imagine a theatrical film shot on GoPro would have. It is certainly a gimmick, and couldn’t sustain a lot of films.
That said, the scope of this epic attempt at telling the history of western expansion across multiple generations is just the story for this gimmick. I don’t think I would have been able to stick with it in my younger years when I didn’t have the patience for Westerns, and this is really on the edges of that genre. Today, however, with my growing appreciation for the form, as well as my increasing love of history now that history teachers aren’t butchering the subject, I quite enjoyed the experience.