WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23 / 11 AM – 4 PM

Films

Western Perspectives Film Series: Monument Valley

11/7/2019 / 7:00pm

Western Perspectives Film Series: Monument Valley

This series highlights three films that offer different takes on the Western, chosen by the exhibition curator, an historian, and an artist. These films will help us examine questions of history, race, and American identity in the Western genre. Each film will be introduced by the artist or scholar who chose it, who will then lead a post-film audience discussion.

100 Rifles, 1969
Tom Gries, director
1 hour 50 minutes / Rated R
Selection by: Jordan Weber, artist and activist

Filmed in Spain during the wave of European-filmed “spaghetti Westerns,” 100 Rifles challenges many notions of classic Western, in part by featuring a Black and “Indian” characters as heroes. The film’s gender and racial dynamics may be viewed as problematic today, particularly in the casting of Burt Reynolds as a “half-breed,” but it was transgressive for its time, supposedly containing the first inter-racial love scene in a Hollywood production.

Location Information:
Levitt Auditorium

2019-11-07 19:00:00 2019-11-07 00:00:00 America/Chicago Western Perspectives Film Series: Monument Valley Western Perspectives Film Series: Monument Valley This series highlights three films that offer different takes on the Western, chosen by the exhibition curator, an historian, and an artist. These films will help us examine questions of history, race, and American identity in the Western genre. Each film will be introduced by the artist or scholar who chose it, who will then lead a post-film audience discussion. 100 Rifles , 1969 Tom Gries, director 1 hour 50 minutes / Rated R Selection by: Jordan Weber , artist and activist Filmed in Spain during the wave of European-filmed “spaghetti Westerns,” 100 Rifles challenges many notions of classic Western, in part by featuring a Black and “Indian” characters as heroes. The film’s gender and racial dynamics may be viewed as problematic today, particularly in the casting of Burt Reynolds as a “half-breed,” but it was transgressive for its time, supposedly containing the first inter-racial love scene in a Hollywood production. Levitt Auditorium

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