A closer look at Clint Eastwood
How many western dreams have encouraged a young easterner to journey to this town? And how many of those western dreams were born in the long moments of silence played out in a Clint Eastwood flick, or a John Wayne epic?The world may never know.Still, for those who have a hankering for good western movies, the Vail Symposium will provide for them with a new series entitled, The Mythic West four films to be shown at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek beginning Jan. 15 and ending Feb. 12 (show times are at 7 p.m. every Wednesday, except Jan. 29, and admission is free.)Guiding the experience will be The Vail Trail’s own film-savvy correspondent, Scott Cunningham, who minored in film studies at Weslyan University in Connecticut and studied 16mm film production and film theory at New York University. Cunningham will provide background information and speak about the significance of each film in a short lecture afterward.”This is a genre where, from the point of view of directors, if you’re going to talk about America, you’re going to use a western,” he says. “All the mythos of what America is, and what it stands for is all tied up with the western.”Cunningham will explore the concepts of good verus evil, Manifest Destiny, the symbolic frontier and the historical significance of real-life gunslingers but don’t expect him to get too academic about it.”Westerns aren’t an elitist pursuit it’s not like a modernist painting where only a few people in the world can understand why it’s so great,” he says. “It’s more of a pop genre, and that’s what makes it so great it appeals to almost anyone.”For information on the Mythic West and the Vail Symposium’s Slifer Series, call (970) 476-0954. (For more events in the Vail Symposium schedule, see lectures/workshops in the calendar section, beginning on page 22.)The Mythic West scheduleFour films are being shown as part of the Vail Symposium’s Mythic West Slifer Series. The series is free of charge.Jan. 15 Jesse James at the Vilar Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.Jan. 22 Winchester 73 at the Vilar Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.Feb. 5 The Searchers at the Vilar Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.Feb. 12 The Outlaw Josey Wales at the Vilar Center for the Arts 7 p.m.Call (970) 476-0954 for more information.