What Is a Western? Film Series: The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
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What Is a Western? Film Series: The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

What Is a Western? Film Series: The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

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Autry Museum of the American West

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Selected by guest curators Robin Murray and Joseph Heumann, the January/February films consider the importance of water in the arid West. Murray and Heumann are the authors of Gunfight at the Eco-Corral: Western Cinema and the Environment and a number of other studies of ecocinema.

In The Ballad of Cable Hogue, its “little guy” protagonist, Cable Hogue (Jason Robards), stands for democratic views of progress but still exploits the natural world. As a working-class miner, Cable also uses water rights policies to build himself a small empire. Because Cable builds his business by exploiting natural resources, he also helps construct a modern world where technology takes his place. Rated R.

Directed by Sam Peckinpah | Starring Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, and David Warner

Screened in 35 mm

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