Unforgiven (1992)

Cinema Classics Seminar: Unforgiven

Wednesday, January 10, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Instructor: Paul Wright, Ph.D., Department of English, Cabrini University
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
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As an acting icon whose work redefined both the western and action genres, Clint Eastwood nonetheless always thought of himself as a director-in-training, even from his earliest days in television. Eastwood learned from all the filmmakers with whom he worked, but none more so than Sergio Leone (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly) and Don Siegel (Dirty Harry). It was to these two genre pioneers that Eastwood dedicated Unforgiven (1992), arguably his signature achievement as a filmmaker.

In this seminar, we assess the beauty and legacy of Unforgiven a quarter-century after its Oscar-winning release. As much as the film owes to Leone and Siegel, it also consciously breaks with Eastwood’s mentors. Meditating on the cost and uncanny horror of violence against both men and women, Unforgiven depicts a world unlike that of the “spaghetti westerns” and “Dirty” Harry Callahan—a world where violence, even when seemingly warranted, reverberates tragically, implicating all of us not only as participants or witnesses, but also as consumers. Executed with visual subtlety and a cast for the ages (including Eastwood, Gene Hackman, and Morgan Freeman at their heights), Unforgiven remains the benchmark for the western genre in its latter stages of revision, but also an essential American film from the closing decade of the cinema’s first century.

Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. Students meet in the 2nd floor Multimedia room for an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. The film itself is shown in one of our theaters. Your ticket for the screening, as well as popcorn and a drink, are included with your registration.
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