Fine Arts

The Darkening Hero: Changing Views of Responsibility, Power, and Community in the American West


Conferees discussed the nature of freedom and responsibility as depicted in six films that highlight the nature and challenges of the "Western hero."


Conference Readings

Unforgiven. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Warner Bros.: Burbank, 1992. DVD (2010).

The Searchers (1956). Directed by John Ford. Warner Home Video: Burbank, 1956. DVD (2007).

Shane. Directed by George Stevens. Paramount Pictures: Hollywood, 1953. DVD (2000).

No Country for Old Men. Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. Miramax Films: Burbank, 2007. DVD.

Lone Star. Directed by John Sayles. Warner Brothers Home Video: Burbank, 1996. DVD.

Tom Horn. Directed by William Wiard. Warner Brothers Pictures: Burbank, 1980. DVD (2005).