Film & Discussion: The Magnificent Seven
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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.
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The Magnificent Seven (2016, Regie: Antoine Fuqua), FSK 16, 133 Min., OV (Dr. Katharina Gerund)
The year is 1879 and robber baron Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) violently besieges the mining town of Rose Creek. Warrant officer Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington) of Wichita, Kansas, rounds up a group of gunmen – including sharpshooter Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Mexican outlaw Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), tracker Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), and Comanche warrior Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier) – who set out to confront Bogue and save Rose Creek. Their endeavor turns into a battle of epic proportions and the seven men become legendary heroes. This action-laden western is a remake of John Sturge’s classic 1960 movie of the same title and inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s Shichinin no samurai (1954).