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How the West Was Won


Location: Redstone Theater

Dirs. John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall. 1962, 164 mins. DCP. With James Stewart, Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, Walter Brennan, Debbie Reynolds, Gregory Peck, George Peppard, John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Spencer Tracy. This triptych about the settling of the American West was an ambitious and sprawling Cinerama epic whose scale and episodic narrative structure served as a kind of template for Kubrick. During the conception of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Kubrick and Clarke privately called their project How the Solar System Was Won.

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