Gather evidence from selected scholarship and films to analyse, through close textual readings, the build-up to fight scenes and fight scenes themselves, and how masculinity in bar settings is reinforced through cultural and cinematic representations of violent behaviour. In addition, offer evidence to demonstrate how the barroom is transformed into a space where acts of violence are allowed to take place. In other words, these fight scenes are normalised because they take place within the bar environment. Furthermore, these masculine values are to be interpreted as a uniquely American phenomenon, which can trace its historical predecessor to the cinema of the American Western genre.

Cinema on the Rocks: The Barroom as a Space for the Legitimisation of Violence and the Reclamation of Masculinity in Hollywood Films