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.

  • Union Pacific (1939) poster

    What is a Western? Film Series: Union Pacific (1939)

    Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

    Screened in 35mm. This film won the first ever Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. While its historical accuracy is questionable, the style is pure DeMille as he dramatizes and personalizes the race to lay track.

  • Lone Star

    What Is a Western? Film Series: Lone Star (1996)

    Saturday, May 4, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

    Screened in 35mm. John Sayles’ iconic film shows us the mysterious borderland where the Old West meets Modern America.