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2017 Women’s Cinema Festival – Day 9: Western & The Beguiled

Western
The Beguiled 2017
Western
The Beguiled 2017

If I have watched Western before, I would’ve put it in the same session with The Rider, as the two shares many similar themes, from its quasi-docu style that features non-professional actors who act as themselves, to their feminist jab at the western genre and male’s identity. But to say all that these double features have many appealing points themselves. They are also a dissection of the male’s psyche and status (in more ways than one) and the Western, but they’re also opposite in many ways. One favors the slow-burn, naturalistic approach, the other goes bold and divisive. One uses a big cast amateur actors, the other is a star-dubbed casts with only handful of characters. One plays mostly in exterior scenes, the other makes the best use of its interior sets. One is almost exclusively male cast, the other is almost exclusively female-lead. Both could be considered as the directors’ proud offspring. Day 9 of the competition, where the ladies give their touch to one of the most macho-genre in cinema, please welcome Western, and The Beguiled.

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