Film and Television / Lectures and Workshops

What Is a Western? Film Series: John Wick (2014)

Part of the series What is a Western? Film Series

Saturday, August 14, 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

Reminiscent of the Spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone, this tale of an assassin who comes out of retirement features vigilantism, stylized violence, and a reticent anti-hero with a code. The influence of all these genre tropes, despite the neo-noir setting, clearly begs the question: What is a Western?  

Screening introduced by Liza Posas, Head of Research Services and Archives. 

Directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch | Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, and Alfie Allen  
Rated R  

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.