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James Mangold's 3:10 to Yuma and the Mission in Iraq

James Mangold's 3:10 to Yuma and the Mission in Iraq thomas a. horne "Our Nation Has a Mission" though the united states no longer uses Western films to discuss national issues, the films' relationship to American history, or their place in national mythologies, occasionally a Western is released that reminds us of their power. Director James Mangold's 3:10 to Yuma (2007) is such a Western. It is, I want to argue, an Iraq War Western. And since it is a remake of the 1957 3:10 to Yuma, it is able to place the mission in Iraq in the context of two other American missions--the settling of the West and the Cold War. In 2003 the United States undertook the liberation of Iraq under the banner of the most deeply held belief of American patriotism, that "Americans are a people set apart, a people with a providential mission" (McKenna 6). America needs missions in order to affirm its sense of itself as exceptional, alone among the nations of the world favored by God. In film, which so often displaces the political with the personal, the idea of America's exceptional mission is often conveyed through stories of exceptional Americans. It is the heroic individuals of our art who often carry http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Film and Video University of Illinois Press

James Mangold's 3:10 to Yuma and the Mission in Iraq

Journal of Film and Video , Volume 65 (3) – Aug 30, 2013

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thomas a. horne "Our Nation Has a Mission" though the united states no longer uses Western films to discuss national issues, the films' relationship to American history, or their place in national mythologies, occasionally a Western is released that reminds us of their power. Director James Mangold's 3:10 to Yuma (2007) is such a Western. It is, I want to argue, an Iraq War Western. And since it is a remake of the 1957 3:10 to Yuma, it is able to place the mission in Iraq in the context of two other American missions--the settling of the West and the Cold War. In 2003 the United States undertook the liberation of Iraq under the banner of the most deeply held belief of American patriotism, that "Americans are a people set apart, a people with a providential mission" (McKenna 6). America needs missions in order to affirm its sense of itself as exceptional, alone among the nations of the world favored by God. In film, which so often displaces the political with the personal, the idea of America's exceptional mission is often conveyed through stories of exceptional Americans. It is the heroic individuals of our art who often carry

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Journal of Film and VideoUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Aug 30, 2013

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