Western Movie Matinee on Wide Open Wednesday
November 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from an anonymous donor and Oklahoma City University’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature. Popcorn provided. Museum admission free to all on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers.
The Civil War and the Western Homefront Often described in simplistic North-versus-South terms, the American Civil War was more complicated in the West, and so was its aftermath. Removed from most of the official fighting, the Western Homefront was nevertheless troubled by hardship, violence, and divided loyalties. Film historian Elizabeth Anthony, president of Reel Classics, hosts this short examination of insightful, moving films depicting the Civil War’s impact on home life in the American West.
The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947) A slave state that never seceded from the Union, Missouri sent sons to aid both armies, North and South, and animosity ran high among the families left behind. Young people Van Johnson and Janet Leigh try to navigate the aftermath, including the passionate resentment of Ozark farmer Thomas Mitchell, who is still waiting for news of his oldest son. Excellent performances make for a poignant frontier romance. 105 minutes. NR. Appropriate for ages 10+.