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The Bundy Museum

Variations on the Western:
From Classic to Post- Modern

Monthly Film Series
Located in the Bundy Museum Annex Theater  

(Behind the Museum)
Second Tuesday of Every Month (September – February)
Doors open at 7:00PM   /   Films Start at 7:30PM


Intro by Patrick Charsky
Discussion to follow films
Free Admission

This film series will examine the Western from its classical form to its contemporary style. The Western began with films that starred John Wayne as the cowboy with the law on his side. This is the classic Western that many of us grew up with. Settlement was good. Indians were bad. There were clear lines between right and wrong. In the 1970’s films changed and so did interpretations of the Western genre. Filmmakers like Sam Peckinpah and Robert Altman made films that re-interpreted the Western. They told stories about exploitation by corporations and about different themes such as greed and treachery. In contemporary times Westerns have used various viewpoints to tell different stories that are not in the classic vein. Filmmakers like Clint Eastwood have raised questions about who was on the side of the righteous; the Law or the Outlaw? Westerns have evolved to tell stories from different points of view. Furthermore, Westerns still deal with myth and reality. Many films are based on myths and arguments about what really happened.

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February 11The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Directed by Andrew Dominik

Jesse James is the stuff of legend. This story is about how a young man who is infatuated with his legend grows to resent him. The film stars Brad Pitt with Casey Afleck as the antagonist who suffers greatly for his dastardly deed.

Admission is FREE
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