Film and Television

What Is a Western Easy Rider (1969)

Part of the series What is a Western? Film Series

Saturday, July 9, 2022, 1:30 p.m.

The Autry: Wells Fargo Theater

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Free for Autry Members | Museum Admission Included With Ticket
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About the Event

Screened in 35mm!

This story of two outlaws on motorcycles traveling from Los Angeles to New Orleans proved to be one of the enduring films of the 1960s counterculture. By combining sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll with the Western genre and other icons of Americana, the film tied its hippie heroes, Wyatt and Billy, to the cowboy tradition—and to American identity.

Introduced by Josh Garrett-Davis, Associate Curator of Western History, Popular Culture, and Firearms
Directed by Dennis Hopper | Starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson
Written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern

Rated R

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The What is a Western? Film 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 explain its significance in the genre.