Western Revival

As a complement to the Getty’s current show, “Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California” which runs through March 1, 2009, the J. Paul Getty Museum presents “How the West was Shot: Six Westerns, Six Decades.”

The progression of films show how the Western evolves from a set of historical ideologies into its own mythology, or as The Getty explains, “a state of mind.”

The illuminating series is comprised of The Iron Horse (Ford), The Big Trail (Walsh), Red River (Hawks), Once Upon a Time in the West (Leone), Bad Day at Black Rock (Sturges) and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Peckinpah).

If there is one “must see” on the list it is without a doubt, Once Upon a Time in the West.  Leone’s film is not so much a Western as it is a glorification of everything that the Western genre had come to stand for until its release in 1968.  Of course, try to catch all of them if you can!  The Getty presents the perfect overview to the Western genre with this collection of classics.

When: Fridays and Saturdays, January 23 &24 and 30 &31

Where: Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center

Reservations: (310)440-7300 or www.getty.edu/visit

Admission: Free

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