The Essentials Series: Westerns
December 4th, 2017
This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.
They are one of the oldest, most enduring and flexible genres and one of the most characteristically American genres in their mythic origins. The western film genre often portrays the conquest of the wilderness and the subordination of nature, in the name of civilization, or the confiscation of the territorial rights of the original inhabitants of the frontier. In the late 60s and early 70s (and in subsequent years), ‘revisionistic’ Westerns that questioned the themes and elements of traditional/classic westerns appeared. Over time, westerns have been re-defined, re-invented and expanded, dismissed, spoofed, and re-discovered. Westerns are the major defining genre of the American film industry, a nostalgic eulogy to the early days of the expansive, untamed American frontier. [Filmsite.org]
Essential Tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Student/Seniors and Members get in Free!
Showtimes are TBD