Making Sense of Open Education, Day 7 is all about the GLAM: Gallaries, Libraries, Archives and museums. At St. Clair College, we have a General Education Course about Western Film:
WESTERNS: FILM AS A LENS TO THE PRESENT
This course will explore the film genre of Westerns. Major themes and ideas will be examined via the work of selected films, directors and actors. Subjects to be studied via discussion and reflective assignments include the Origins of the Western, Components of the Western, Landscape and Setting, Indigenous Peoples, Women, Directors, Actors, and Films. The course will conclude with a discussion of the place of the Western in contemporary culture: can it still ‘sit tall in the saddle’?
Here are a few Western Film Selections I would use in this course:
- The Great Train Robbery (1903) by Edwin S Porter, director https://archive.org/details/TheGreatTrainRobbery_555
- Under the Western Stars (1950) by Joseph Kane and starring Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, Carol Hughes, and the Maple City Four. https://publicdomainmovies.info/under-western-stars-1938-western-starring-roy-rogers/
- Mclintock (1963) by Andrew McLaglen, director and starring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara https://archive.org/details/Mclintock.avi
Featured photo: Publicity photo of John Wayne for film The Comancheros. Public Domain