Saddle Up Saturdays with Jonathan Demme

Nov. 12–Mar. 25, 2017

Saddle Up Saturdays Is Back! Hosted by Jonathan Demme.

Jonathan Demme will appear at select screenings, subject to availability.

Major Dundee Feb. 6 Charlton Heston stars as the titular Major Dundee, a former Union cavalry officer now charged with overseeing a prisoner-of-war camp…
The Scalphunters Feb. 13 “Working on several levels, the film is entertaining as an outdoor adventure, a study in character and a movie with…
Man of the West Feb. 20 Presented in 35mm A former outlaw named Link Jones (Gary Cooper) intervenes when the train he is on is robbed.…
Shanghai Noon Feb. 27 Presented in 35mm “Shanghai Noon is, in classic western tradition, a celebration of male bonding, unabashedly juvenile, boyishly risque and…
Johnny Guitar Mar. 5 “One of those classic westerns that has maintained its status by reinventing itself every decade since its release in 1954.”…
3:10 to Yuma Mar. 12 “Mangold delivers a taut modern take on a lesser classic, preserving the High Noon themes about doing the right thing…
Utu Redux Mar. 19 Te Wheke (Anzac Wallace) is a Maori captain serving in the British army during the New Zealand Wars. When he comes…
The Law and Jake Wade Mar. 26 Presented in 35mm Former outlaw Jake Wade (played by Robert Taylor) is now a reformed town sheriff attempting to live…
The Shooting & Ride in the Whirlwind Apr. 2 Jack Nicholson Double Feature! “In July of 1964, director Monte Hellman and actor Jack Nicholson went to the Philippines to shoot two war movies back…
Escape From Fort Bravo Apr. 9 William Holden plays Captain Roper, the warden of a Union-run prison camp. A mysterious woman named Carla Forester (Eleanor Parker) arrives…
Rosewood Apr. 16 Presented in 35mm Rosewood is the story of a small, mostly black, middle-class town in Florida during the 1920s. On…
Tears of the Black Tiger Apr. 23 Presented in 35mm Tears of the Black Tiger is a Thai western following the journey of Dum (Chartchai Ngamsan). A poor boy…
Westward the Women Apr. 30 Presented in 35mm Roy Whitman (John McIntire) hatches a plan to expand his town by bringing 100 marriageable women from…
McCabe & Mrs. Miller May 7 Presented in 35mm “Still Robert Altman’s best moment, this 1971 antiwestern murmurs softly of love, death, and capitalism.” (Chicago Reader)…
Forty Guns May 14 “Offers the anticipated measures of doomed love and sudden death but surprises with its dramatic richness.” (New Yorker) Barbara Stanwyck…
Once Upon a Time in the West May 21 Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time in the West is of course justly held by many aficionados as the “ultimate”…
Seven Men From Now May 28 Budd Boetticher made brilliant “little” westerns better than just about anyone. Seven Men From Now is just one in an…
El Dorado June 4 Howard Hawks, another great genius of film, made El Dorado in his later years, and it is a delight to…
Ride the High Country June 11 Maybe my most favorite of all westerns, Sam Peckinpah’s devastating threnody for gun-fighters, Ride the High Country, starring the incomparable…
The Searchers Nov. 12 We start off with John Ford’s inimitable 1956 tale of a driven Civil War vet (John Wayne, in one of…
Welcome to Hard Times Nov. 19 In its review of E. L. Doctorow’s debut novel, Welcome to Hard Times, the basis for this 1960s revisionist Western,…
Ride Lonesome Nov. 26 Originally dismissed as a B movie, Budd Boetticher’s Ride Lonesome is now considered a classic, and for good reason. Tautly…
Rancho Notorious Dec. 10 Marlene Dietrich in a Western? She’s the former dancehall queen Altar Keane, who presides over Chuck-a-Luck, which looks like a…
Colorado Territory Jan. 7 Director Raoul Walsh reworks his 1941 crime drama High Sierra (Humphrey Bogart’s breakthrough) in Colorado Territory, recasting it with Joel…
Run of the Arrow Jan. 14 Q&A Kandia Crazy Horse Starring Rod Steiger, Brian Keith, Ralph Meeker, and a young Charles Bronson, Run of the Arrow is about a Confederate…
Rio Bravo Jan. 21 Sheriff John Wayne desperately needs help to prevent a well-connected thug from getting out of jail, but he’s got only…
Yojimbo & For a Few Dollars More Jan. 28 Double Feature! “I’d like to be able to make a Western like Kurosawa makes Westerns,” director Sam Peckinpah once said,…
One-Eyed Jacks Feb. 4 In his first and only film as a director (taking over for Stanley Kubrick), Marlon Brando also stars as Rio,…
Meek's Cutoff Feb. 11 Q&A Kelly Reichardt with Jonathan Demme While assembling the line-up for season 2 of Saddle Up Saturdays, no title excited me more than Meek’s Cutoff, directed…
The Naked Spur Feb. 18 In his third Western with Anthony Mann, James Stewart plays Howard Kemp, a bounty hunter tracking down killer Ben Vandergroat…
The Ox-Bow Incident Feb. 25 When a posse of citizens from a small western town catches up with a group of three men they suspect…
Bad Day at Black Rock Mar. 4 Spencer Tracy received his fifth Oscar nomination, thanks to this “modern-day” Western, for his portrayal of a one-armed stranger who…
Seven Samurai & The Magnificent Seven Mar. 11 Double Feature! Clear your schedule and get ready for a day at the movies—and some of the best fight sequences…
Stagecoach Mar. 25 Others may have come first, but John Ford’s Stagecoach put Westerns—and John Wayne, in his breakout role as the Ringo…
Shane Dec. 3 With its sweeping landscapes, brilliant sunshine, and violent storms, Shane is an intelligent, compelling story and a true visual treat…
The Wild Bunch (Director's Cut) July 20–25 “Arguably the strongest Hollywood movie of the 1960s—a western that galvanizes the clichés of its dying genre with a shocking…

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