The American West in Film & Television: Is Star Wars a Western?

Defining what makes a film a Western may not be as easy as it seems. Frontier archetypes, saloons, sidekicks, bandits, bounty hunters, unfamiliar natives, codes of honor, revenge, and standing up alone for justice when no one else will are widely recognized as fundamental to the Western film genre and the Star Wars universe. Join in the conversation with Charlie LeSueur, Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian, as he talks about what distinguishes a film as a Western.

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