Movie Analysis : No Country For Old Men

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This paper argues that the semantic and syntactic elements of the American West commonly used in most Westerns creates a tone for a more contemporary version of the popularized American Westerns intertwined with a bit of thriller in the ‘Tracked’ scene of the 2007 Coen Brothers’ film, No Country for Old Men. I will prove that said scene establishes new aspects against the traditional westerns known internationally by incorporating Rick Altman’s analysis of semantic and syntactic themes in film genre in order to demonstrate the relationship between categorizing the film as a Western and finding the more structural meaning from the actions of the characters throughout the scene. My argument is also reinforced by Camilla Fojas’s analysis of the Western genre and how certain descriptive changes such as the time period can build a new subgenre of the western which helps this paper prove that the revision of a traditional genre can bring more attention to the well-known outdated Western people have come to love. My analysis identifies distinctive low key lighting, proper set up of the scene, and syntactics operating in ‘Tracked’ and demonstrates that categorizing Westerns under more than one genre through hybridization can polarized it in every sense as much more than just the good guy verses the bad guy.
In the beginning of the ‘Tracked’ scene of No Country for Old Men, the psychopathic antagonist Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) is seen walking slowly down a dim lit corridor in
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