Made in Tucson: Films from the Old Pueblo Series
March 30, 2016
1030 N. Olive Road
Tucson, AZ 85721
FEATURED WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016
Filmed partly at Old Tucson, this western was the first sign that Clint Eastwood was more than just Dirty Harry and The Man with No Name – he could also be a great director. The Outlaw Josey Wales is considered a revisionist film, in that it takes traditional conventions of western movies and turns them on their heads, so we can understand them in a new way. Eastwood plays the title character, a man who refuses to accept that the Civil War has ended after his family is murdered by Union troops. Will he ever be able to put his hatred and bitterness aside? One of the great, modern westerns, The Outlaw Josey Wales was selected in 1996 by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Ever since the days of silent movies, Tucson has been a key location for Hollywood filmmakers. The western was the most popular genre, naturally, with Old Tucson serving as the shooting site for dozens of classic films, starring legends including John Wayne, Paul Newman and Kirk Douglas. But non-westerns were also filmed in Tucson, with filmmakers taking advantage of the beautiful desert environment and the unique architecture of the city itself.
Over the course of the year, we will move from classic westerns of the '50s to more contemporary hits. The Widescreen Wednesdays program features not only the screening of a complete feature film, but a lively and informative introduction to each film by a UA professor. Plus, a student from the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film & Television will present one of his or her short films!
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