Tuesday lectures by Jon Cates! Film Series : The Western: How It Was Never One

Meek's Cutoff

2011, Kelly Reichardt, USA, 104 min. With Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood

Show Times

  • Sat, Nov 24th 5:30pm
  • Tue, Nov 27th 6:00pm

"Mesmerizing...a masterpiece of American genre, a poetic tour de force." - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Kelly Reichardt doesn't just critique the Western genre; she reinvents it. As in her previous films OLD JOY and WENDY AND LUCY, the setting is Oregon, and the American wilderness is a central issue, but here she goes back to 1845, a period earlier and wilder than that of most Westerns. A small wagon train of three families finds itself lost, with the water supply dwindling. The grueling routine of the trek is presented with deglamorized realism, seen primarily from the perspective of the women, one of whom (Williams) begins to question the competence of their blustering guide Meek (Greenwood). When a Native American is captured, the group's survival hangs on the question of whether to trust him or Meek. 35mm. (MR)

Tuesday lecture by Jon Cates, Associate Professor of Film, Video, New Video and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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