Seminar: Once Upon a Time in the West


Film critic Scott Tobias leads this virtual seminar on Sergio Leone's epic western.

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How will this work?

When you register for this virtual education seminar, the program will be presented in three parts.

At least one week before the seminar, you'll receive an email with a link to watch a pre-taped lecture, to view before the film at your convenience. Please make sure to check your spam folder for this link before emailing our support team.

Then, you can go off and watch the film on your own. Please note, the Coolidge is not able to provide the film ourselves, but you can find out where to rent and/or stream it here.

Make sure you watch the film before the discussion, which will take place on Thursday, February 4 at 8pm EST over Zoom. Before the discussion, you can submit questions for the instructor here. You'll also have the opportunity to submit questions during the discussion!

Have any technical questions? Visit our FAQ page here.

About the Speaker

Scott Tobias is a film and television writer. After freelancing for The A.V. Club during graduate school at University of Miami, he was brought up to Chicago in 1999 for a full-time writing position. (First press screening: Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.) He stayed at The A.V. Club for 16 years, 10 of them as Film Editor. In 2013, he and other longtime staffers left to found The Dissolve for Pitchfork Media, a site that lasted only two years, but left a beautiful corpse. For the last five years, he has turning to freelancing full time, with reviews and features in publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Ringer, Vulture, Guardian, Rolling Stone and other fine outlets. He is also the editor-in-chief of Oscilloscope’s Musings, a page dedicated to publishing retrospective essays by esteemed film critics.

Scott currently resides in Chicago with his wife and two daughters, as well as an ancient pug and a meddlesome cat. Follow him on Twitter at @scott_tobias.


2hrs 55mins

Find where to rent and stream the film here.