Programmer’s note: First things first, let’s acknowledge what’s missing, which is a LOT. No list of 26 “essential Westerns” could be so objective. So, in order to get this list down from 130 candidates, some ground rules were set. With only a few exceptions, we’d avoid any film played in the last decade—including a number of films from a recent “spaghetti” series and a 101-level series from 2009. And with the notable exception of John Ford, we’d include no more than two films per director—and no silents. Among the viewing options below, a number of tracks can be taken. Weekends offer the opportunity to view the stone-cold classics of mid-century Westerns—often paired adjacently by lead actor or director—whereas Wednesday nights start off with Peckinpah in the 60s, the revisionist 70s, and right up to the current decade. Alas, these aren’t necessarily THE essential Westerns, but they ARE essential nonetheless. So, saddle up and mosey on over.
Scheduling note: Additional screenings and dates may be added, as well as additional introductions and discussions. Please check our website on Tuesday mornings for updates for the following week (Friday-Thursday).
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Ticket 5-Packs and Full Series Passes available now at the links above and at the Belcourt box office. Individual film and double feature tickets will be available once showtimes have been determined. Note that 5-Pack tickets may not be used for the William Wellman Double Feature (Sat, Aug 11) or the Budd Boetticher Double Feature (Sat, Sep 22).
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Special thanks to Liz Horowitz (20th Century Fox), Cassie Blake (Academy Film Archive), Emily Woodburne and Brian Belovarac (Janus Films), Cameron Swanagon (Oscilloscope Laboratories), Jack Durwood (Paramount Pictures), Chris Chouinard (Park Circus), David Jennings (Sony Pictures), Jason Jackowski (Universal Pictures), Steven K. Hill and Todd Weiner (UCLA Film & Television Archive), and Kristie Nakamura (Warner Bros).