What is a Western? Film Series

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.

  • Screening of The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958)

    Saturday, November 23, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

    This was the second of two theatrical features expanding on the TV show The Lone Ranger, which helped audiences explore concepts of heroes and sidekicks, the American West as a land of adventure, and representations of Native Americans in television and film.

  • Screening of The Shootist (1976)

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

    Watch this fan favorite chosen by What Is a Western? audiences.