The Coolidge Goes West!

Event Date
Thursday, April 2nd - Thursday, May 21st

No film genre compares to the Western for cultural impact.

From the cinema’s beginnings to today, the Western has helped create, reinforce, explore, and revise American ideology, myths, and values. For better or worse, the Western has shaped America’s identity as a nation and a people. Its glory days may be over, but the Western abides, changing with and reflecting the times as new directors lay claim to it. Moreover, the Western has crossed borders and oceans to transplant and renew itself in foreign soil.

Ranging widely, this Coolidge Education course will survey the history of the genre, examine the Western’s themes and shifting cultural contexts, investigate its treatment of women and minorities, and debunk several legends and myths along the way. Films screened will include a selection of the finest classic, psychological, revisionist, and international Westerns by some of the world’s greatest Western directors.

About the Instructor

Kaj Wilson served as Artistic Director of The Boston Jewish Film Festival for twelve years. For her work she was honored with a Special Commendation from the Boston Society of Film Critics and with the Image Award for Vision and Excellence by Women in Film and Video/New England. Prior to joining the BJFF, she was Film Editor of The Improper Bostonian. She studied film at Boston University’s graduate College of Communications. Kaj has sat on panels, grant committees, and international film festival juries. A popular speaker, she introduces films, hosts film series, and leads film discussions at movie venues and non-profit organizations throughout the Boston area.

Please note: there will be no class on Thursday, April 9, and each class session will run approximately three hours.