Western Movies: Myth, Ideology, and Genre
by Professor Richard Slotkin
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Listen to Professor Richard Slotkin's final course before retirement, Western Movies: Myths, Ideology, and Genre. Western movies form the oldest of American film genre. They have also been the most important modern vehicles for one of the oldest and most significant of American cultural myths - the myth of the frontier. The course surveys the development of the Western film genre and sets it in historical and cultural context. In addition to viewing 20 or more feature films, we will study some of the precinematic sources of Western themes and images (novels, paintings). There will also be readings in the history of movies, critical and cultural theory, and political history.
|1||CleanVideoButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) - 04/16/08||Professor Slotkin's April 16, 2008 lecture on the film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)||12/10/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||CleanVideoBallad of Little Jo (1993) - 04/30/08||Professor Slotkin's April 30, 2008 lecture on the film, Ballad of Little Jo (1993).||11/23/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||CleanVideoBuck and The Preacher (1972) - 04/28/08||Professor Slotkin's April 28, 2008 lecture on the film, Buck & The Preacher (1972).||11/23/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||CleanVideoHigh Plains Drifter (1973) - 04/23/08||Professor Slotkin's April 23, 2008 lecture on the film, High Plains Drifter (1973).||11/23/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||CleanVideoLittle Big Man (1970) - 04/21/08||Professor Slotkin's April 21, 2008 lecture on the film, Little Big Man (1970).||11/23/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||CleanVideoThree Amigos (1986) - 05/05/08||Professor Slotkin's May 5, 2008 lecture on the film, Three Amigos (1986)||11/17/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||CleanVideoThe Wild Bunch (1969) - 04/14/08||Professor Slotkin's April 14, 2008 lecture on the film, The Wild Bunch (1969)||6/15/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|8||CleanVideoVera Cruz (1954) - 03/31/08||Professor Slotkin's March 31, 2008 lecture on the film, Vera Cruz (1954).||6/15/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|9||CleanVideoMagnificent Seven (1960) - 04/09/08||Professor Slotkin's April 9, 2008 lecture on the film, Magnificent Seven (1960).||6/15/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|10||CleanVideoThe Searchers (1956) - 04/02/08||Professor Slotkin's April 2, 2008 lecture on the film, The Searchers (1956).||6/15/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|11||CleanVideoJohnny Guitar (1954) - 03/26/08||Professor Slotkin's March 26, 2008 lecture on the film, Johnny Guitar (1954).||6/15/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|12||CleanVideoRio Bravo (1959) - 04/07/08||Professor Slotkin's April 7, 2008 lecture on the film, Rio Bravo (1959).||6/15/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|13||CleanVideoRio Grande (1950) - 02/20/08||Professor Slotkin's February 20, 2008 lecture on the film, Rio Grande (1950).||4/7/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|14||CleanVideoMy Darling Clementine (1946) - 02/13/08||Professor Slotkin's February 13, 2008 lecture on the film, My Darling Clementine (1946).||4/7/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|15||CleanVideoStagecoach (1939) - 02/06/08||Professor Slotkin's February 6, 2008 lecture on the film Stagecoach (1939).||4/7/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|16||CleanVideoOx-Bow Incident (1943) - 02/11/08||Professor Slotkin's February 11, 2008 lecture on the film, Ox-Bow Incident (1943).||4/7/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|17||CleanVideoDodge City (1939) - 01/30/08||Professor Slotkin's January 30, 2008 lecture on the film, Dodge City (1939).||3/23/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|18||CleanVideoJesse James (1939) - 02/04/08||Professor Slotkin's February 04, 2008 lecture on the film, Jesse James (1939).||3/23/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
Western Movies: Myth, Ideology and genre
The lectures are quite interesting but not being able to see the clips of the movies and not hear the answer to his question from the student body ruins the effect of the lectures. Being a video lecture you would think that the movie clips that he uses to point up his lecture of each film would very much be a part of the course and so I was disappointed and felt totally outside the lecture and the courses agenda.
Great, introspective considerations
Fun to untangle film. It reminds me of the book 'Images of Madness' by Michael Fleming which has a similar approach but with psychological analysis with visuals and sound. Marvelous.
Horrible sound quality and terrible video
What else is there to say? I couldn’t understand a single word of any lecture.