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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