Screening of The Shootist (1976)

Part of the series What is a Western? Film Series

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

The Autry: Wells Fargo Theater

Included With Museum Admission / Free for Autry Members
Space Is Limited / Reservations Recommended

About the Event

Throughout 2019, audience members voted for their favorite Western. Their selection featuring John Wayne’s final role is a cinematic love letter to the Western, even as the genre was fading from the neighborhood movie house. Adapted from Glendon Swarthout’s novel, The Shootist reflects on the past, while acknowledging the coming of a new West. When the film was released in 1976, Variety summed it up by stating, “The Shootist is simply beautiful and beautifully simple.” Introduced by Courtney Joyner, former film editor for True West magazine and co-author of Western Portraits: Unsung Heroes and Villains of the Silver Screen.
Directed by Don Siegel | Starring John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, and Ron Howard

This ongoing series explores the wide range of movies that can be considered Westerns, and the ways in which they shape our understanding of the American West. Each screening includes a guest lecturer who will introduce the film and explains its significance in the genre.

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