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FLM 133 — The Rise of the Hollywood Western: 1939–1969

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 12—Mar 16
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Jan 14
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $435
Instructor(s): Elliot Lavine
Status: Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Tuesdays
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Jan 12—Mar 16
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 14
2 Units
Fees
$435
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Elliot Lavine
Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Westerns have been a staple of the Hollywood film industry from the very beginning. Literally thousands of them flooded theaters every week during Hollywood's golden heyday. These early "oaters" were crude and primitive, concerned with the action at hand and little else. Not until John Ford made Stagecoach in 1939—now acknowledged as the first serious "adult" Western—did the genre reach its full potential. Over the next three decades Hollywood produced some of the most exciting Western films of all time, brilliantly evoking America's dusty past while stretching the elastic possibilities of film to new and exhilarating limits. By viewing and discussing ten Western films from this classic period, we will trace the remarkable development of a genre that not only provides thrilling entertainment, but also reveals a deeply humanistic, socially conscious, yet often ignored side to cinematic storytelling. Films directed by legendary giants like John Ford (Stagecoach, 1939), William Wellman (The Ox-Bow Incident, 1943), Anthony Mann (Winchester '73, 1950), and Budd Boetticher (The Tall T, 1957) will rub shoulders with works by notorious Hollywood mavericks like Nicholas Ray (Johnny Guitar, 1954), Samuel Fuller (Forty Guns, 1957), Joseph H. Lewis (Terror in a Texas Town, 1958), André De Toth (Day of the Outlaw, 1959), Don Siegel (Flaming Star, 1960), and Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch, 1969).

All films can be rented or streamed instantly through Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play Movies, or other online platforms.

Elliot Lavine, Instructor in Film Studies, Oregon State

Elliot Lavine has been a film programmer and filmmaker for more than thirty years. In 2010, he received the Marlon Riggs Award from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his revival of rare archival titles and his role in the renewed popularity of film noir.