Film and Television / Lectures and Workshops

What Is a Western? Film Series: Broken Arrow  (1950) 

Part of the series What is a Western? Film Series

Saturday, August 28, 2021, 1:30 p.m. 

The Autry in Griffith Park

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

About the Event

Considered to be the first major post-war Western to portray Native Americans sympathetically, Broken Arrow pivots away from the classic Western and marks the beginning of a new genre dubbed “revisionist.” Although the main Native characters were played by white actors, the film did include Native actors, including Jay Silverheels, and many Navajo workers were employed on set. 

Screening introduced by Liza Black (citizen of the Cherokee Nation), Visiting Scholar at UCLA in the Institute of American Culture and American Indian Studies and author of Picturing Indians: Native Americans in Film, 1941–1960

Directed by Delmer Daves | Starring James Stewart, Jeff Chandler, and Debra Paget  
Screened in 35mm 

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.