This is the fifth chapter in a six-part series of video essays looking at how movies have examined the many facets of fame. This installment, titled “The Maverick,” deals with a disreputable offshoot of the traditional hero: an eloquent, exuberant, often impolite figure who serves as a town crier or truth-teller figure (or seems to). Unlike the traditional hero, The Maverick seems to take a more active role in shaping his image and connecting with the public. He’s an outsider who uses mass media to articulate the audience’s fears and yearnings, and whose charisma spurs them to action. To see the video essay in its original context at Moving Image Source, click here.
This article was originally published on The House Next Door.