Documentary in which Delpeut and Dominicus make a sentimental journey across the West of the United States, in search of traces of the Western. With interviews, tourist attractions, deserted film sets and many extracts from Westerns.
Directors Peter Delpeut and Mart Dominicus make a sentimental journey across the West of the United States, in search of traces of the Western. Through the windscreen of their car, they shoot the panoramic landscape of Wyoming, Arizona and Nevada, accompanied by irresistible Western music. They film in bars and cities, interview Western lovers and pay visits to traditional craftsmen, ranches and cowboys, who are quietly branding cows. In a fake Western town, fake cowboys in quick succession show how to fall down when shot by various weapons. They show extracts from the Western classics Shane (George Stevens, 1953), The Searchers (John Ford, 1956), Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Sam Peckinpah, 1973) - and from Monte Walsh (1970), the director of which, William Fraker, returns to the deserted set. All these things are still there; only the Western itself has disappeared.

Credits

Executive producer
Production company
Pieter van Huystee Film & TV
TV company
VPRO TV
Distributor NL
Filmmuseum Distributie

Title: Go West, Young Man
Year: 2003
Duration : 1 hour, 24 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2003

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Muziek (2003)
Paul M. van Brugge

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