HOW TO SEE | Westerns: Is the Genre Dead?

HOW TO SEE | Westerns: Is the Genre Dead?

Explore the narrative elements of an all-time classic genre: the Western. What exactly is a Western? Who were the key directors and stars? And is the Western dead? Dave Kehr takes a close look at films like “Stagecoach” and “Once Upon A Time In the West,” and filmmakers John Ford, Sergio Leone, and Clint Eastwood.

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Films shown:
For a Few Dollars More. 1965. Italy, West Germany, Spain. Directed by Sergio Leone
Stagecoach. 1939. USA. Directed by John Ford
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. 1966. Italy, West Germany, Spain, USA. Directed by Sergio Leone
My Darling Clementine. 1946. USA. Directed by John Ford
Hondo. 1953. USA. Directed by John Farrow
Once Upon a Time in the West. 1968. Italy, USA, Spain. Directed by Sergio Leone
The Searchers. 1956. USA. Directed by John Ford
Star Wars: Episode 4 – A New Hope. 1977. USA. Directed by George Lucas
Raiders of the Lost Ark. 1981. USA. Directed by Steven Spielberg
Outland. 1981. United Kingdom. Directed by Peter Hyams
High Noon. 1952. USA. Directed by Fred Zinnemann
The Dark Knight. 2008. USA, United Kingdom. Directed by Christopher Nolan
Heaven’s Gate. 1980. USA. Directed by Michael Cimino
Bronco Billy. 1980. USA. Directed by Clint Eastwood
Blazing Saddles. 1974. USA. Directed by Mel Brooks
Unforgiven. 1992. USA. Directed by Clint Eastwood
True Grit. 1969. USA. Directed by Henry Hathaway
True Grit. 2009. USA. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Hell or High Water. 2016. USA. Directed by David Mackenzie
Bone Tomahawk. 2015. USA. Directed by S. Craig Zahler
The Hateful Eight. 2015. USA. Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Westworld. 2016. USA. Season 1. Episode 1 “The Original.” Directed by Jonathan Nolan
Deadwood. 2004. USA. Season 1. Episode 1 “Deadwood.” Directed by Walter Hill
The Iron Horse. 1924. USA. Directed by John Ford
The Great Train Robbery. 1903. USA. Directed by Edwin S. Porter
A Fistful of Dollars. 1964. Italy, West Germany, Spain. Directed by Sergio Leone

Additional Music:
“Drifter” (Spaghetti Western). © NADA Copyright Free Music.
DWLP 3361, Track 5 “Ghost Town” composed by Keith Papworth
DWMIL 008, Track 12 “Death Of An Angel” composed by Frank Spencer
DWMIL 008, Track 14 “Creepy Night” composed by John Churston

The comments and opinions expressed in this video are those of the speaker alone, and do not represent the views of The Museum of Modern Art, its personnel, or any artist.

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