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See It Big! The American Epic

Jul 5 — Jul 28, 2013

An ongoing series organized by Reverse Shot editors Michael Koresky and Jeff Reichert, and Chief Curator David Schwartz

What bigger subject is there for American filmmakers than the story of America itself? The grandeur of the American dream and the harsh realities faced in the effort to attain it; the terror and promise of the open landscape of the American West; the teeming diversity of urban life; the never-ending tension between ambition and greed; the battle between idealism and compromise—all of these themes and more are on view in the epic films in this distinctly American edition of See It Big, which includes some of the greatest movies ever made.