When: Sat., March 10 2012
Film buff Terry Meehan is debuting a new series of free movies at the Lakewood Public Library tonight. Westerns Movies: The Early Years kicks off at 6 p.m. with two of the earliest — 1903’s The Great Train Robbery (an 11-minute masterpiece based on the real-life exploits of Butch Cassidy and his gang), and William S. Hart’s 1925 Tumbleweeds, portraying the Oklahoma land rush of 1893. Both movies make a fitting jumping off point for a study of the classic American-film form. The first, by Edwin S. Porter, is generally considered to mark the birth of the genre. And while Tumbleweeds is credited with going on to influence 1931’s Oscar-winning Cimarron, Meehan claims “no other movie captured the infamous land rush better than this one.” As usual, the show begins with a short introduction and viewing suggestions from Meehan. Afterward, stick around for friendly discussion. The monthly series continues through August. Tonight’s screening starts at 6 p.m. in the library auditorium.