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ReFocus: The Films of Delmer Daves$
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Matthew Carter and Andrew Nelson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474403016

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403016.001.0001

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“This Is Where He Brought Me: 10,000 Acres of Nothing!”: The Femme Fatale and other Film Noir Tropes in Delmer Daves’ Jubal

“This Is Where He Brought Me: 10,000 Acres of Nothing!”: The Femme Fatale and other Film Noir Tropes in Delmer Daves’ Jubal

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(p.199) Chapter 10 “This Is Where He Brought Me: 10,000 Acres of Nothing!”: The Femme Fatale and other Film Noir Tropes in Delmer Daves’ Jubal
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ReFocus: The Films of Delmer Daves
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Matthew Carter

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403016.003.0011

Matthew Carter offers an in-depth examination of Delmer Daves’ Jubal. He contextualises the film within both the Western and Hollywood more generally and argues that, both formally and thematically, it and other prominent Westerns of the time are more closely aligned with film noir than is generally acknowledged to be the case. Applying a psychoanalytical-informed feminist analysis that considers the ideological intent of Jubal’s use of the femme fatale, he evaluates its critical-, or, counter-ideological capacity. From such a reading, he argues that the film’s narrative focus on repressed sexual desires and on the plight of the main female protagonist provides enough material to justify Jubal as constituting a critique of the excesses of patriarchal power.

Keywords:   Western, Hollywood, Film Noir, Femme Fatale, Feminism, Ideology, Repression, Patriarchy

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