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The Revisionist Western, Modern Western or Anti-Western traces to the mid 1960s and early 1970s as a sub-genre of the Western movie. This term was used by the politicans of the time, which represented the white male dominated culture of the time. When film makers began to make movies that questioned the reality or facts presented in the popular Western genre of the day; by actually using screenplays that used history or historians that studied that time period. Of course, this did not sit well with the current power structure (white, male, wealthy) of the time, as they were reeling from the Civil Rights movement, so taking another hit against one of the most treasured tributes to the supremacy of the white man in America, had to be stopped. Though it didn't work out in the end, the strategies of McCarthyism, were used in this politically named "Revisonist History" concept. These political strategiests, not historians, coined this term to discourage movie-goers from paying to see these movies as these movies distorted the culture, society, and values of the American way of life. These movies, based on historical research, were revisionist, that is they challenged the myth. The following movies were labeled with this very political term include Sam Peckinpah's Ride the High Country (1962) and The Wild Bunch (1969), Elliot Silverstein's Cat Ballou (1965), Arthur Penn's Little Big Man (1970) and Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller. The current movie, Django, was tagged with this label, with the current day (2013) far-right conservative political thinkers labeling it with this politically motivated designed term. - Source: Wikipedia

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