2016 Spring Film Series
Cupertino Library/Blue Light Cinema
Go West! Seven Great Western Films
Saddle up and watch seven FREE westerns in this special session of motion picture history brought to you by the Cupertino Library Foundation in partnership with the Cupertino Library and Blue Light Cinema. Please join us for a wild cinematic ride through the ever fascinating landscape of the Western.
You are invited to watch the films as they were meant to be seen – blazing across the big screen – and later explore and discuss the films in a lively post-show discussion led by filmmaker and historian Mark Larson.
Admission is Free with Your RSVP
Please join us in this celebration of an important and fascinating aspect of film history. A lively audience discussion follows every film.
Seven Men from Now (1956)
Thursday, April 14, 2016
A flinty Randolph Scott and vulnerable Gail Russell run into killer Lee Marvin in the rocky Alabama Hills of Lone Pine, California in this extraordinary and influential film from the great director Budd Boetticher.
Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
Thursday, April 21, 2016
After the Civil War, a broken man journeys to find a killer and discovers a community of friends along the way. Join us in seeing Clint Eastwood’s masterful tale of revenge and redemption on the the big screen!
Johnny Guitar (1954)
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Battling out among the dusty mesas, Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge are the women who rule the West. Nicholas Ray’s eternally subversive masterpiece is a cinematic experience never to be forgotten!
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949)
Thursday, May 5th, 2016
A brilliant technicolor portrait of a man caught in the making and unmaking of history, director John Ford’s beautiful second film of his Cavalry Trilogy features an extraordinary performance from John Wayne as Captain Nathan Brittles.
The Big Gundown (1966)
Thursday, May 12, 2016
What happens when a corrupt politician, a downtrodden peasant and Lee van Cleef find themselves in the same windblown western landscape? Nothing but trouble! This classic from director Sergio Sollima is an action packed Spaghetti Western discovery!
Ride the High Country (1962)
Thursday, May 19, 2016
A rich and moving elegy for the West, and the Western film, starring cowboy icons Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea in their powerful last roles as old lawmen going out for one last job. This is director Sam Peckinpah’s most beautiful film, with great Sierra Nevada photography from cinematographer Lucien Ballard.
Smoke Signals (1998)
Thursday , May 26, 2016
This landmark independent Native American film, directed by Chris Eyre and written by Sherman Alexie, is a wonderful comic road trip full of revelations and insights from a people too often stereotyped by the Western film tradition.