Print the Legend: Classic American Westerns, Part 2

Wed, 1/27

This virtual seminar is offered on a sliding scale, starting at $5.00. Your contribution directly supports Amherst Cinema during our temporary closure. Note that a $1.00 service fee will be added to the total ticket cost. Thank you!


Join us Wednesday, January 27 at 7pm for the second of two live Zoom seminars with Nina Kleinberg covering Classic American Westerns.

In the 35 years after the Civil War, hundreds of thousands of Americans and immigrants from Europe and Asia moved into the Western States in search of wealth, peace, and a new beginning. They found wide-open spaces—and also Native Americans who had lived there for thousands of years.

For much of the 20th century, Westerns were the most popular genre of film, both in the United States and abroad. What was it about the West that brought audiences into the theaters? What stories did Hollywood tell about the allure of the Frontier? How much of these stories was based on truth, and how much on the comforting myths used to justify westward expansion into Native land?


In this second talk, Nina will cover the 1950s and two of the decade's most iconic Westerns: HIGH NOON (1952) and THE SEARCHERS (1956).

Written by blacklistsed screenwriter Carl Foreman as a reaction to the McCarthy era, HIGH NOON tells the story of a town marshal whose loyalties are torn between the community he must defend against a deadly gang and the religious precepts of his young Quaker bride. It's a masterpiece of storytelling, cinematography, and film editing.

THE SEARCHERS appears on almost all lists of the best Westerns ever made, and it's often cited as director John Ford’s greatest work. The Technicolor wide-screen cinematography is exquisite. But its treatment of Native Americans and its evasion of the truth on which the story is based are a challenge for today’s viewers. What really happened when a young white settler was abducted by the Comanches? And what is Teddy Roosevelt doing in this story?


Many of you know Nina Kleinberg from her appearances at Amherst Cinema, including her 2015 series Film School in 90 Minutes, her 2016 series Out of this World on 1950s science fiction, her 2019 series Print the Legend on classic Westerns (from which this seminar is adapted), or her Science on Screen presentation on SINGIN' IN THE RAIN.


How will this work?

This ticket does not include access to the films themselves. We suggest you watch them before the seminar.

Click here to see where you can watch HIGH NOON.
Click here to see where you can watch THE SEARCHERS.

This ticket purchase provides you with a link to the Zoom meeting, where Nina will present her seminar live at 7pm EST on Wednesday, January 27. The Zoom room will open at 6:45pm EST to allow for 15 minutes of any necessary tech troubleshooting. The presentation will last about 60 minutes, followed by questions and conversation.

To access the seminar, you will need to have Zoom installed on your computer, phone, or tablet. We encourage you to download the Zoom client before the seminar starts. You can do that here.


Click here to watch the trailer for the 2019 in-theater version of Print The Legend.