Pick: The Played Out West


Nov. 1, 8, 15

Prints in Landscape film series

Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

7 p.m. (followed by discussion); $9 general, $7 students, seniors, teachers, military

402-933-0259, www.filmstreams.org

The Played Out West is among the themes of this three-film series that reveals idiosyncratic, post-modern takes on what’s left of the frontier in the face of new realities and revisionist histories. Frank Perry’s sardonic Rancho Deluxe (Nov. 1) portrays the misadventures of a circle of drifters, ne’er-do-wells and eccentrics. The hard men replaced by a soft new breed of individualists in the corporate West. In Lone Star (Nov. 8), writer-director John Sayles provides the companion piece to John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, as mysteries of love, death and identity unravel under the weight of time and desire. Peter Bogdanovich’s adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show (Nov. 15) shows the bleak desolation of a Texas town left behind by progress. The black and white photography by Robert Surtees sets the mood. The series is in response to Joslyn’s American Landscape exhibition.


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