The Briscoe’s Women of the West Film Series Continues Tuesday with the 1965 Spoof ‘Cat Ballou’

click to enlarge The Briscoe’s Women of the West Film Series Continues Tuesday with the 1965 Spoof ‘Cat Ballou’
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Smartly summed up by Turner Classic Movies as a playful pastiche of “familiar motifs such as shootouts, train robberies, posses in pursuit, and frontier romance,” director Elliot Silverstein’s Cat Ballou stands out as a slightly dark
click to enlarge The Briscoe’s Women of the West Film Series Continues Tuesday with the 1965 Spoof ‘Cat Ballou’
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 satire of the entire Western genre. Based on Roy Chanslor’s novel The Ballad of Cat Ballou, the 1965 classic stars Jane Fonda as a prim but tough-talking schoolteacher who hires boozy gunfighter Kid Shelleen (Lee Marvin) to protect her daddy’s ranch — and later avenge his murder with assistance from a motley crew of outlaws. Oddly equipped with a musically inclined Greek chorus comprised of old-school icons Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye, the film helped establish the careers of both Fonda and Marvin — the latter winning an Oscar for his dual role as gunslingers Kid Shelleen and (spoiler alert: his brother) Tim Strawn. The Briscoe screens the ’60s-era gem in conjunction with its excellent Women of the West film series. $5 suggested donation, 6:30pm Tue, Jun. 20, Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market St., (210) 299-4499, briscoemuseum.org.


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