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Our fourth annual Briscoe Museum Film Series is dedicated to Women of the West. The Western film genre has long been a man’s territory where women are relegated to the sidelines and reduced to one-dimensional characters. This summer we present four films with strong female protagonists—each complex, unique, and a far cry from a damsel in distress. Mosey on over for fun, food truck fare, and free beer! The Museum remains open late (9:00pm) every Tuesday, so make sure to check out the galleries before and after the movie.
Image: Billy Schenck, Balance of Power State II
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 6:30pm
Johnny Guitar (1954/NR/110 min.)
Strong-willed saloon-casino owner Vienna (Joan Crawford) squares off against her nemesis, the shrieking Emma Small, who wrongly blames Vienna for her brother's death. Free Admission
This musical Western spoof tells the story of a tough schoolmarm (Jane Fonda) who becomes a gunslinger to avenge the death of her father with the help of two charming young misfits and drunken over-the-hill gun-for-hire.
Meek’s Cutoff (2011, PG, 104 min.) Set in 1845, this drama follows a group of settlers as they embark on a punishing journey along the Oregon Trail. When their guide leads them astray, the expedition is forced to contend with the unforgiving conditions on the high plain desert. Free Admission
Driven to madness by the harsh realities of pioneer life, three women living on the outskirts of the American frontier are rescued from certain death by a woman (Hilary Swank) who recruits a loathsome drifter (Tommy Lee Jones) to help her transport them to a safe haven in Iowa. Free Admission