Briscoe Western Art Museum presents 2017 Briscoe Film Series: Women of the West
Briscoe Museum’s fourth annual film series is dedicated to Women of the West. The Western film genre has long been a man’s territory where women are relegated to the sidelines and reduced to one-dimensional characters. This summer, four films with strong female protagonists will be presented - each complex, unique, and a far cry from a damsel in distress. Mosey on over for fun, food truck fare, and free beer.
- May 16: Johnny Guitar (1954) - Strong-willed saloon-casino owner Vienna (Joan Crawford) squares off against her nemesis, the shrieking Emma Small, who wrongly blames Vienna for her brother's death.
- June 20: Cat Ballou (1965) - This musical Western spoof tells the story of a tough schoolmarm (Jane Fonda) who becomes a gunslinger to avenge the death of her father with the help of two charming young misfits and a drunken over-the-hill gun-for-hire.
- July 18: Meek’s Cutoff (2011) - Set in 1845, this drama follows a group of settlers as they embark on a punishing journey along the Oregon Trail. When their guide leads them astray, the expedition is forced to contend with the unforgiving conditions of the high plain desert.
- August 15: The Homesman (2014) - Driven to madness by the harsh realities of pioneer life, three women living on the outskirts of the American frontier are rescued from certain death by a woman (Hilary Swank) who recruits a loathsome drifter (Tommy Lee Jones) to help her transport them to a safe haven in Iowa.