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The West on Film

Since the 1800s, the West Coast of the United States has enjoyed an almost mythic aura in American culture. For decades, western states have represented expansion, change, and tabula rasa in the American psyche. In no place is this more true than on celluloid, as Westerns and films set in western states have been both popular and critically acclaimed. Hollywood films have explored the cost of America’s westward expansion in both the modern and, to some extent, the classic Western. Films also have explored the West once it was settled, as well as the image of the West and California as idyllic locales. This myth has been both perpetuated and critiqued in films, which have offered us both the sunny idealized version and the gritty reality. Films for this course may include Meek’s Cutoff, The Searchers, High Noon, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, There Will Be Blood, Sunset Boulevard, Chinatown, and L.A. Confidential. You will watch the films on your own and then meet online for lively and informative discussions.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with critically acclaimed films that depict the American West
  • An understanding of the historical context and themes in each film

Ideal for

  • Movie buffs
  • Media and culture professionals
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    • Section

    • Semester

      Summer 2021
    • Date

      Jun 10 - Jul 29
    • Day

    • Time

      • Online
    • Format

      • Online
    • Sessions

    • Location

      Instructor Led
    Tuition $499