Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Great American Western and the Meaning of Life


Price for Members: $70
Price for Non-Members: $105
Date/Time: Mon. July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2 & 9         1:30- – 3:30 
Instructor: Dennis Rothermel, Ph.D., professor emeritus of philosophy, CSU Chico
Location: ONLINE


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Course Description

The Neo-Classical period of the Hollywood Western was a time when film-makers used the genre to take on serious issues. Fred Zinnemann’s sole effort in the genre, High Noon (1952) concerned a man who is committed to pacifism but forced into a violent defense when it’s left up to him to confront danger alone. George Stevens composed Shane (1953) explicitly as a critique of how the genre had valorized violence. Howard Hawks disliked High Noon and made Rio Bravo (1959) as a philosophical response. John Ford made The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (1962) as a response to Rio Bravo. We will study these four films one at a time, first with an introductory lecture including study questions. We’ll all view the film before the next session when we will discuss those questions. All four films are available on Amazon Prime and through other video streaming outlets.


Event Details

Date: 2021-07-12

Start time: 01:30 p.m.

End time: 03:30 p.m.



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