Shooting cinematic outlaws: Ned kelly and jesse james as viewed through film

Daniel Eisenberg*

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    Abstract

    The frontier outlaws of Australia and America have a long and storied relationship with cinema. Two of the most recent cinematic adaptations of these legends, Ned Kelly and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, act as excellent entry points into an exploration of this subject. By comparing the narrative structures of the two films in relation to the concept of ‘the Outlaw Legend’ and by highlighting the two films’ respective positionings of the spectator – as filtered by concepts of national identity – an insight into the interwoven elements of man, myth and movie becomes apparent.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)145-154
    Number of pages10
    JournalStudies in Australasian Cinema
    Volume5
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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