My current project is a western. Taking a long time but interesting because there as not as many instruments to employee to get message across as say a modern drama.
That being said dialogue becomes even more important.
In trying to research - I’ve been watching a lot of westerns/ researching times/ and reading scripts.
He’s my question / observation. In modern westerns - many of them employe cuss words to make the characters seem harder - more shocking. They include a number of F bombs! (See deadwood and you’ll think you’re reading something out of penthouse magazine.
Many of these words though are twentieth century born. I.e. the F-bomb. (Originally a acronym for - For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.)
My question is it seems those in power want these in, but they are not true to the story.
Interestingly recent award winners like Coen brothers True Grit and Hostiles don’t use a single one.
To write true to the setting or for effect?