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Palm Springs International Film Society presents FREE screening of Unforgiven
Community Outreach Program concludes “How the West Was Won: Evolution of the Western Genre” series

Contact: David Lee
Marketing and Publicity Manager
Palm Springs International Film Society

Palm Springs International Film Society
Community Education Program

Wednesday, August 15th—7:00 pm
Palm Canyon Theatre
538 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
Admission is FREE—Seating is Limited—Reservations Required
Call 760-322-2930 ext. 253 or email
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How The West Was Won:
The evolution of the Western genre

The Palm Springs International Film Society is presenting a new community education program series called How The West Was Won: The Evolution of the Western Genre. This retrospective of classic films will explore that profoundly American genre, the Western, focusing on the ways it has reflected attitudes and events in American culture over the years.

The final film in the series will be Clint Eastwood’s revisionist western, Unforgiven. By exposing the brutality underlying the legends of the American West, this film demystifies the violence glorified by so many earlier westerns and explores its corrupting effect on the human soul.

Following the screening, the film critic John Anderson will lead a discussion with the audience. A member and two-time past chair of the New York Film Critics Circle, Mr. Anderson’s reviews frequently appear in such publications as Newsday, Variety, Screen International and the New York Times. He also contributes to the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Film Comment, and the Washington Post. He is the author of three books: Sundancing, Edward Yang, and I Wake Up Screening (with Laura Kim). In previous years, he has also acted as a member of the screening committee of the New York Film Festival.

Unforgiven (1992)
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Screenplay by David Webb Peoples
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman,Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris,Jaimz Woolvett, Saul Rubinek, Frances Fisher
Reformed from the brutal ways of his youth, William ‘Bill’ Munny (Eastwood) struggles to support his family as a pig farmer after the death of his beloved wife. Out of the blue, a young gunslinger named The Schofield Kid (Woolvett) arrives at his door looking for a partner to hunt down two cowboys with bounties on their heads. Desperate for money, Bill sets out with the Kid and his best friend (Freeman) for Big Whiskey, where he will be forced to confront Little Bill Daggett (Hackman), the town’s iron-fisted sheriff, as well as his own violent past.

Unforgiven won four Oscars® at the1992 Academy Awards:
   Best Picture
   Best Director - Clint Eastwood
   Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Gene Hackman
   Best Film Editing - Joel Cox

The film was also nominated for:
   Best Actor in a Leading Role - Clint Eastwood;
   Best Art Direction/Set Direction
   Best Cinematography
   Best Sound
   Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

The Palm Springs International Film Society is a 501 (C) (3) charitable non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate and promote the art and science of film through education and cross-cultural awareness. For further information, please visit