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 significant in the genre.

  • Canyon Passage (1946) poster

    What is a Western? Film Series: Canyon Passage (1946)

    Saturday, January 12, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

    Screened in 35mm. Blazing Technicolor captures the forest green landscape of 1856 Oregon in this complex, neglected film.

  • The Tall T (1957) poster

    What is a Western? Film Series: The Tall T (1957)

    Saturday, February 16, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

    Screened in 35mm. Budd Boetticher’s taut gem, set mostly in a single desert location, features a story so clear and spare that Randolph Scott’s hero and Richard Boone’s villain are reduced to their bare essence.