Mind Shadows      Wild West Gunslingers & Eastern European Culture

In the classic Western, Shane, Alan Ladd rides off into the sunset,wounded, after clearing a valley of its evil men. He did what any brave man had to do, save good settlers from Ryker, the rancher-baron who would drive them off their land.

Westerns were very popular in the Eastern Bloc but for reasons unknown to the rest of the world. In parts of communist-ruled Poland the Shane posters billed the movie as The Man From Nowhere, escaping the censors because nowhere was code for a country overrun by aggressors for hundreds of years; it meant a nation lost to history. More


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