Film & Discussion: Seraphim Falls
DAI GOES ERLANGEN
Film Series: New Westerns
This semester’s film series explores what is often regarded the most American of all film genres: The Western. Moving beyond the classical Western formula, we will focus on two of its most prominent variations: Revisionist Westerns and Neo-Westerns. The first three films in the series belong to the former category; they question the mythical version of the Old West and try to paint a more ‘realistic’ image. The other three films can be classified as Neo-Westerns which use (and also revise) the established formula but locate their story within a contemporary setting. Come out: watch, explore and discuss.
In Kooperation mit der vhs Erlangen
Seraphim Falls (2006, Regie: David Von Ancken) FSK 16, 115 Min., OV (Stephen Koetzing, M.A.)
Shortly after the Civil War has ended, Gideon (Pierce Brosnan) is sitting by a campfire somewhere in the Rocky Mountains when suddenly a shot rings out. Carver (Liam Neeson), a former Confederate officer, is seeking revenge on Gideon and has hired a band of mercenaries for his manhunt. But how do the two know each other? What is it that Carver seeks to avenge? In this revisionist Western, answers are slowly revealed as the chase takes Gideon and Carver through the landscapes of the American West, from the cold and snowy peaks of the Rockies into the dry and barren desert, and to their final confrontation.