2017 Saddle Up Saturdays With Jonathan Demme

Arts and Entertainment

December 23, 2016

From: Jacob Burns Film Center

Saturday Jan 7,2017:
12.00 pm: Colorado Territory

1949. 94 m. Raoul Walsh. Warner Bros. US. English. NR.

Director Raoul Walsh reworks his 1941 crime drama High Sierra (Humphrey Bogart's breakthrough) in Colorado Territory, recasting it with Joel McCrea as an outlaw just released from prison who returns to a life of crime for one last heist. Virginia Mayo (in place of Ida Lupino) is the bad girl with a good heart who genuinely cares for him. With action, drama, great locations, romance, train robberies, betrayals, and a first-class score, Colorado Territory is a stirring example of the Western at its best.

Tickets: $8 (members), $13 (nonmembers)

Saturday, Jan 14,2017:
12.00 pm: Run of the Arrow
Q&A Kandia Crazy Horse

1957. 86 m. Samuel Fuller. Warner Bros. US. English. NR.

Starring Rod Steiger, Brian Keith, Ralph Meeker, and a young Charles Bronson, Run of the Arrow is about a Confederate soldier (Steiger) who refuses to surrender and accept defeat at the end of the Civil War. Instead, he renounces everything, travels west, and joins the Sioux tribe. Later, he is forced to pick sides when the US Army builds a fort nearby and fighting breaks out between the Army and the Sioux. A fascinating, complex study of national and personal identity.

Tickets: $8 (members), $13 (nonmembers)

Saturday Jan 21,2017:
12.00 pm: Rio Bravo

1959. 141 m. Howard Hawks. Warner Bros. US. English. NR.

Sheriff John Wayne desperately needs help to prevent a well-connected thug from getting out of jail, but he's got only a drunken former lawman (Dean Martin), a cantankerous deputy with a bad leg (Walter Brennan), and a callow young gunman (Ricky Martin) to turn to. And then, to make things more interesting, there's the distracting dance hall entertainer (Angie Dickinson). This intense, enjoyable Howard Hawks Western is an American classic.

Tickets: $8 (members), $13 (nonmembers)

Sat Jan 28,2017:
12.00 pm: Yojimbo & For a Few Dollars More

242 m. Akira Kurosawa, Sergio Leone. Janus Films, Park Circus. With subtitles. NR.

Double Feature!

"I'd like to be able to make a Western like Kurosawa makes Westerns," director Sam Peckinpah once said, memorably. In Yojimbo, an unnamed masterless samurai (a ronin) played by the great Toshiro Mifune wanders, ragged and unshaven, into a village embroiled in a battle between two clans. This quiet, deadly stranger is looking to hire himself out to the highest bidder and so this beloved, violent action movie begins. Inspired by Dashiell Hammett's novel Red Harvest, it quickly captured the moviemaking imagination and spawned countless remakes most notably, Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western "Dollars" trilogy, featuring Clint Eastwood in his first starring appearances, as the iconic Man with No Name. In the pulse-pounding For a Few Dollars More, the second in the series, Eastwood's serape-clad Man joins forces with a bounty hunter (Lee Van Cleef) to capture the bandit El Indio (Gian Maria Volontè).

Yojimbo (Presented in 35mm)

Tickets: $12 (members), $17 (nonmembers)

Saturday Feb 4,2017:
12.00 pm: One-Eyed Jacks

1961. 141 m. Marlon Brando. Universal Pictures. US. English/Spanish with subtitles. NR.

In his first and only film as a director (taking over for Stanley Kubrick), Marlon Brando also stars as Rio, a man with a single purpose: revenge. Karl Malden plays his former partner in crime he ran off with the gold and left Rio to be picked up by the police and thrown in jail. When Rio escapes, he learns that his nemesis is an influential sheriff, and he sets out to track him down. A complex, moody, and thought-provoking movie.

Restored by Universal Pictures in partnership with The Film Foundation in consultation with filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.

Tickets: $8 (members), $13 (nonmembers)

Saturday, Feb 11,2017:
12.00 pm: Meek's Cutoff

2010. 104 m. Kelly Reichardt. Oscilloscope Laboratory. US. English. NR.

The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and three families have hired the mountain man Stephen Meek (Bruce Greenwood) to guide their wagons over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a shortcut, he leads them on an unmarked path across the high plains desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over the coming days, the would-be settlers face the scourges of hunger, thirst, and lack of faith in each other. When a Native American wanderer crosses their path, they are torn between their trust in the unreliable Meek and a man they've always seen as their natural enemy. With Michelle Williams and Paul Dano.

Presented in 35mm

Tickets: $8 (members), $13 (nonmembers)

Saturday, Feb 18,2017:
12.00 pm: The Naked Spur

1953. 91 m. Anthony Mann. Warner Bros. US. English. NR.

In his third Western with Anthony Mann, James Stewart plays Howard Kemp, a bounty hunter tracking down killer Ben Vandergroat (Robert Ryan) with some dubious help from a couple of strangers. As a hard-bitten Civil War vet whose world was turned upside down he's probably suffering from what we'd call PTSD today Stewart delivers a deeply emotional, career-changing performance. Plus, there's masterful location shooting of the Rockies, presented in gorgeous Technicolor.

Tickets: $8 (members), $13 (nonmembers)

Saturday, Feb 25,2017:
12.00 pm: The Ox-Bow Incident

1943. 75 m. William A. Wellman. 20th Century Fox . US. English/Spanish with subtitles. NR.

When a posse of citizens from a small western town catches up with a group of three men they suspect of murdering a local farmer and stealing his cattle, they want to waste no time in seeing justice done. It's up to two drifters, Henry Fonda and Harry Morgan, to attempt to stop the lynching. William Wellman's study of mob mentality is universally acclaimed as one of the classics of the Western genre.

Tickets: $8 (members), $13 (nonmembers)

Saturday, Mar 4,2017:
12.00 pm: Bad Day at Black Rock

1955. 81 m. John Sturges. Warner Bros. US. English. NR.

Spencer Tracy received his fifth Oscar nomination, thanks to this "modern-day" Western, for his portrayal of a one-armed stranger who gets off the train at a small Southwestern desert town and stumbles upon a terrible secret. His inquiries are greeted with mere hostility, which quickly escalates to threats and outright violence. As tensions rise, the lone hero realizes he's going to have to fight a whole cast of villains including Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin as the local bullies, a double-crossing woman (Anne Francis), and the town's terrifying boss (Robert Ryan). A relentlessly fast-paced Cinemascope thriller don't miss this one on the big screen.

Tickets: $8 (members), $13 (nonmembers)

Saturday Mar 11,2017:
12.00 pm: Seven Samurai & The Magnificent Seven

335 m. Akira Kurasowa, John Sturges. Janus Films, Park Circus. NR.

Double Feature!

Clear your schedule and get ready for a day at the movies and some of the best fight sequences of all time. We'll start with Kurosawa's undisputed classic. Coming right on the heels of World War II, Seven Samurai is the unforgettably resonant story of a desperate village and how Toshiro Mifune and six other unemployed warriors come to its defense against an army of forty bandits. Much has been written about the influence Kurosawa's enduring masterpiece had on American Westerns and the most shining example is John Sturges's The Magnificent Seven, released only six years later, in which a disparate band of gunfighters (Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson) defends a Mexican village from a band of bandits led by Eli Wallach. Kurosawa himself was a fan, presenting a sword to Sturges after seeing the film. Engrossing, exciting, and thought-provoking.

Saturday, Mar 25,2017:
12.00 pm: Stagecoach

1939. 96 m. John Ford. Shout Factory. US. English. NR.

Others may have come first, but John Ford's Stagecoach put Westerns and John Wayne, in his breakout role as the Ringo Kid, a famous outlaw who'd just broken out of jail on the map. Nominated for seven Oscars, and winning two, this story of a group of strangers riding through Apache territory in a stagecoach is the first of many Westerns that Ford shot in Monument Valley, and a model for the genre.

Tickets: $8 (members), $13 (nonmembers)

Date: Jan 7 - Mar 25,2017

Location: Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570

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