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.
¡Paseo! (Ride!): Caballeros, Vaqueros and Gauchos in American Films
In an effort to explore the origins and evolution of the American cowboy from Europe and Africa to the Americas, Michael R. Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art, presents four films about caballeros, vaqueros and gauchos in Mexico and Central and South America. Although romanticized to an extent, these films offer examples of Hispanic horseback clothing, tools, gear and horse furniture, as well as techniques and lifeways unique to particular herding cultures.
In Old Arizona (1928)
This racy Western is a must-see because of its in-your-face pre-production code sensibility, allowing murder to go unpunished and offering dialogue containing numerous double entendres. Adapted by Tom Barry from O. Henry’s short story The Caballero’s Way, the Cisco Kid (played by Warner Baxter) is a charming, happy-go-lucky desert bandit playing cat-and-mouse with the sheriff trying to catch him while he romances a local beauty. 95 mins. Ages 12+.