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Credit Course Begins: Hollywood Southwest

Mon, July 09 2018 (All day)
Taos, New Mexico


ENGL 4450/ENGL 5360: Hollywood Southwest
July 9 - 20, 2018
Jeff Menne

In this class we will study movies and television shows that have been made in New Mexico, with an eye on how the natural landscape has been used. Early on, New Mexico was often used as a location for Westerns (such as The Vanishing American, High Noon, and Lonely Are the Brave). More recently, movies have been produced on Albuquerque soundstages that could have been produced nearly anywhere (such as The Avengers and Maze Runner)—in these, New Mexico has value because it offers tax breaks, not breathtaking Western vistas. Hence our inquiry will concern the relationship between geography and storytelling in film and television production today. We will end by considering Breaking Bad as a contemporary Western. This course can be taken for either undergraduate (4450) or graduate (5360) credit.

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