Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from anonymous film fans. Popcorn provided. Free admission on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers.
Laughing Out Loud: Westerns with a Comic Spirit
Many great Western films feature serious stories, but the comic spirit has always been “out West” as well. This series celebrates what Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Doris Day, Paul Newman and Robert Redford have added to Western cinema. Andrew Horton, the Jeanne H. Smith Professor of Film & Media Studies, Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma, and author of 30 books and award-winning screenplays, introduces these selections and leads discussions, with humor, of course!
Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush (1925)
Chaplin claimed this was his best film! It is one he wrote, directed and starred in as a tribute to the Alaskan Gold Rush, as well as the real-life drama of the Donner group in the snowbound Sierra Nevadas. Chaplin combines tragedy and comedy with his traditional tramp character becoming a gold-digger. The Gold Rush was a huge hit throughout the world, blending fantasy, reality and memorable, comic moments. 95 minutes. Rated PG.