The Western: How It Was Never One

August 31 - December 11

Lecturer: Jon Cates

Jon Cates is an Associate Professor of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


While the Western genre is quintessentially American, filmmakers across the world inspire, interpret and respond to this form of storytelling. Set in symbolic landscapes with iconic characters drawn from both imagined pasts and lived histories, this series focuses on how the Western cinematic genre explicitly expresses politics and ideologies. From First Nations perspectives to African diasporic feminist narrative, these films present critical readings of an ever-elusive frontier which has and continues to define national identities. Many different Westerns co-exist, and, taken together, these films question the borders and boundaries of mythic American experiences.

— Jon Cates

For nearly forty years, the Gene Siskel Film Center has collaborated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism to provide a unique experience for Chicago filmgoers. Each fall and spring, we present a themed Screening/Lecture series that is both a course taken for credit by enrolled SAIC students, and a weekly series of public screenings open to all ticket-buyers without need of enrollment or registration. A lecturer is chosen for each series from among the leading film scholars and critics in our region.

On each Tuesday during the series, that week's film is briefly introduced by the lecturer and then screened in its entirety. Following the screening, members of the public are welcome to stay for the lecture and participate in the discussion. The films usually have an additional screening, without the lecture and discussion, on Friday or Saturday. Click here to learn more about this program.


Admission to all Lecture/Screening programs is $5 for Film Center members; usual admission prices apply for non-members.

Greaser's Palace

1972, Robert Downey Sr., USA, 91 min.

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Showtimes:

  • Sun, Dec 9th 5:45pm
  • Tue, Dec 11th 6:00pm

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Tuesday lectures by Jon Cates!

Zama

2017, Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Brazil/Spain, 115 min. With Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lola Dueñas

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Nov 16th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Nov 20th 6:00pm

Tuesday lectures by Jon Cates!

Meek's Cutoff

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

Showtimes:

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

Tuesday lectures by Jon Cates!

Reel Injun

2009, Neil Diamond, Canada, 96 min.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Aug 31st 4:00pm
  • Tue, Sep 4th 6:00pm

Tuesday lectures by Jon Cates!

Yojimbo

用心棒

1961, Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 110 min. With Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Sep 7th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Sep 11th 6:00pm

Tuesday lectures by Jon Cates!

True Stories

1986, David Byrne, USA, 89 min. With David Byrne, John Goodman.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Sep 14th 2:00pm
  • Tue, Sep 18th 6:00pm

Tuesday lectures by Jon Cates!

Thomasine & Bushrod

1974, Gordon Parks Jr., USA, 95 min. With Max Julien, Vonetta McGee.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Sep 21st 3:45pm
  • Tue, Sep 25th 6:00pm

Tuesday lectures by Jon Cates!

Daughters of the Dust

1991, Julie Dash, USA, 112 min. With Alva Rogers, Bahni Turpin.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Sep 29th 3:00pm
  • Tue, Oct 2nd 6:00pm

Tuesday lectures by Jon Cates!

Apaches

Apachen

1973, Gottfried Kolditz, East Germany, 94 min. With Gojko Mitic, Milan Bili.

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Oct 9th 6:00pm

Tuesday lectures by Jon Cates!

The Dark Valley

Das finstere Tal

2014, Andreas Prochaska, Austria/Germany, 114 min. With Sam Riley, Tobias Moretti.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Oct 12th 3:45pm
  • Tue, Oct 16th 6:00pm

Tuesday lectures by Jon Cates!

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

Kaubōi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira / カウボーイビバップ 天国の扉

2001, Shinichirô Watanabe, Japan, 115 min.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Oct 19th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Oct 23rd 6:00pm