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 Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

    Saturday, August 17, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

    Screened in 35 mm. James Dean’s final film is a powerful, groundbreaking tale of teenage delinquency and generational conflict.

  • Screening of The Naked Spur (1953)

    Saturday, September 7, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

    The Naked Spur, an Academy Award–winning Mann-Stewart collaboration, is often described as noir, with its shifting alliances, blurred moral lines, and Jimmy Stewart’s tortured anti-hero.