Charlie Russell and the Iconic Imagery of the Hollywood Western

In this engaging, illustrated talk, film historian and Western expert Andrew Patrick Nelson explores Charles M. Russell’s profound influence on the Hollywood Western. Drawing aesthetic and thematic connections between Russell’s artwork and Western film, Nelson shows how celebrated moviemakers like John Ford drew inspiration from Russell’s sensitive, detailed portrayals of cowboys and Native Americans` in order to craft more authentic portrayals of frontier life.

Andrew Patrick Nelson is a historian of American cinema and culture, film programmer, and media commentator. He is Associate Professor of Film History and Critical Studies at Montana State University, and the author and editor of numerous books and articles about popular American cinema. Program sponsorship provided by Marcia & Hugh Ruddock.