Autry National Center

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

WHAT IS A WESTERN? FILM SERIES

GENERAL INFO

Date / Time:

Saturday, Jun 14, 2014, 1:30 p.m.

Location:

The Autry in Griffith Park: Wells Fargo Theater

Appropriate For:

Adults

Admission:

Included With Museum Admission / Free for Autry Members

Screening of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Directed by Andrew Dominik 
Starring Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, and Sam Shepard  

Jesse James is one of the most famous outlaws in American history. A ruthless killer in real life, James is often portrayed in popular culture as a noble bandit. The onscreen glorification of James and other criminals provides insight into contemporary views about the American West. 

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford focuses on the notorious outlaw’s last few months. James (Pitt) was a legend in his own lifetime, and the film deconstructs his magnetic appeal. Unlike other movies on the subject, James is portrayed as extremely cruel and paranoid. 


The What Is a Western? series is curated by Jeffrey Richardson, Gamble Curator of Western History, Popular Culture, and Firearms, who leads a discussion of the film’s history and its place within the Western genre prior to each screening.

Artifacts related to outlaws and lawmen on the American frontier are on display in the Autry's Community Gallery.


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Image on left: Publicity still (detail)The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford © Warner Bros

Promo The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford © Warner Bros

Promo The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford © Warner Bros

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