Absurd, grotesque, violent, and bizarrely humorous pretty well sums up the 1967 Italian spaghetti Western REQUIESCANT (translated roughly as “May they rest in peace”) that Kirk Ellis chose for our latest Western Night at the Movies get-together.
Author Talk with Thomas D. Clagett – The Alamo as Historical Fiction. 12 pm to 1 pm at the New Mexico State Library on Sept. 28th, 2018. #LineofGlory
For our Western Night get-together last evening it was my turn to select the films. The first was an episode from the television series, THE REBEL, starring Nick Adams as Johnny Yuma, an ex-Confederate keeping a journal as he wanders the West.
Had the unique opportunity of reading two short plays and a monologue by Red Shuttleworth, a Wrangler Award winner and three-time Spur Award winner for his poetry. The plays and monologue I read are part of his “Americana West,” a series of 100 short theater pieces, set in the West from 1900 to 1999.
At our Western Night at the Movies evening last Sunday, it was Johnny D. Boggs’ turn to curate. He brought RIDER OF DEATH VALLEY (aka RIDERS OF THE DESERT), a Tom Mix film from 1932 about greed and its terrible price.
For some actors, the Western seemed familiar terrain, as though they were as much a part of it as it was part of them. John Wayne, Gary Cooper, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott quickly come to mind. One name that doesn’t...