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« on: December 16, 2007, 07:46:26 AM »

I thought a popular story what could be a great SW. I will write the SW-ized story - who knows what it was? Evil


In a western town the local villain who in fact rules the territory, accuses a young girl with murder. The sheriff, a good but weak man, doesn't believe it, but he can't do anything. The villain's mistress, a former mexican whore, witnesses the murder. The girl says she's innocent.
Who will protect her?
Course the Nameless Hero, who enters the town, fights the bad guy and defeats him, but doesn't kill him. He has only one taboo: nobody should ask his name. Especially not the girl, who falls in love with him. (The hero could be Bronson.)
The ex-whore speaks with the girl and intrigues. The girl begins to suspect. Who's her lover? Probably a wanted bandit?
On the first night he asks the hero what his name is. The villain attacks the house. Great shoot-out, the hero kills the bad guy and his gang.
Next morning he says who he is, then proves that the murderer is the whore and not the good girl.
He must go. He leaves the girl and rides into the sunset.  Grin

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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2007, 12:49:02 PM »

Lohengrin.

In the SW version, does the hero ride into town on a swan?

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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2007, 01:03:10 PM »

Lohengrin.

In the SW version, does the hero ride into town on a swan?
I guess that answers my previous question... Roll Eyes

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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2007, 11:37:58 AM »

If it's next to a river...

Just imagine an SW Hero riding in on a Swan.

The title: "Death Rides A Swan"  Grin Grin Grin

I was just thinkin' and finding out that Lohengrin is a typical SW. Ol' Wagner didn't know what he did.  Afro

Other Wagners are not so SW-like, only Die Walküre has some SW feeling in the act I, where a nameless hero comes in the villain's house and gets his wife. Nice TGS-feeling because of the snow storm...
Not to mention the hero dies by the villain's hand.
Imagine Hunding as Mario Brega and Siegmund as Franco Nero...  Grin
And Wotan as Lee Van Cleef or James Coburn...  Grin

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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2007, 02:06:42 PM »

I'm still considering the idea, which is a good one, of transferring Lohengrin to a Western setting. The one story problem is the name business. In Wagner, of course, there is magic at work, and the revealing of the hero's name is tantamount to breaking a spell. In the naturalistic world of the American West, a non-magical reason has to be found for the naming taboo, something cultural or psychological. It can't be that the hero is constrained to move on by the revelation; rather, that the revealing of the name changes the heroine's perception of the hero, and the hero, sensing that change, therefore feels compelled to leave. In a 50s Western you could have done it this way: the name the hero bears is that of the man who killed the heroine's brother, a man the heroine once swore to kill. Now that she is in love with her brother's killer, she no longer wants revenge, but she can't stay married to the guy either, so the hero has to go. Plenty of pathos and damp handkerchiefs follow.

A 21st Century audience wouldn't buy this for a second, you need something stronger. Maybe this: the name the hero bears is that of the heroine's brother, someone she had thought dead since childhood. The sex has been good, but the incest taboo is too strong to ignore. The hero moves on (maybe faking his death) so that the heroine can retain her position in the community.

Perhaps there are other ways to approach the problem....

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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2007, 02:15:15 PM »

Mmm, this revenge story is really great.

In DRAH LVC plays something like this...  Wink

Let's write a Lohengrin SW Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2007, 03:54:52 PM »

Fine. You go first. Wink

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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2008, 01:08:43 PM »

Another opera what would be an excellent Sw is Verdi's Il trovatore. Vengeance, rivals (actually brothers, but they don't know), war (you could place it into the time of Mex. Rev.), brutality, love, hate... duel...

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