Thinking about Film

Month: February 2020

Quote from Will Wright, “Six Guns and Society”

We’ll be talking about the following quote in class when we discuss Stagecoach and The Searchers

“In order of appearance, the vengeance variation more or less follows the classical plot, since the films with the latter structure occur mostly between 1931 and 1955. The structure of the vengeance story further suggests that it develops out of and is a variation upon the structure of the classical plot, in which the conceptual distance between the hero and the society is no longer as simple and straightforward as it was in the classical version. Unlike the classical hero who joins the society because of his strength and their weakness, the vengeance hero leaves the society because of his strength and their weakness. Moreover, the classical hero enters his fight because of the values of society, whereas the vengeance hero abandons his fight because of those same values.”

— Will Wright, Six Guns and Society: A Structural Study of the Western, (University of California Press, 1975), 59.

Sustainable Solutions Challenge!


Reilly Geritz informs me about the Sustainable Solutions Challenge taking place at UR:

The 1st annual Sustainable Solutions Challenge is an opportunity for students to brainstorm ideas of how to address single-use plastic bottle (SPB) consumption on campus. If you are interested in participating, please make a 2-4 person team and sign up at by Wednesday, February 12th. The full-length “case” of information related to SPB consumption on campus, including stakeholder interviews, can also be found at the link above. If your team’s idea is selected, each participant will win $500 and a chance to be part of the implementation next fall. Reach out to Reilly Geritz ( if you have any questions!
This seems like a great opportunity to earn some money thinking about a great cause. Contact Reilly if you want to learn more!
Dr. Cheever

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