Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Film: "Lone Star,” introduced by Ward Keeler (Faces of Migration: Classic and Contemporary Feature Film Series)

Tue, March 27, 2018 | CLA 1.302B

7:00 PM

Lone Star

(1996, United States, dir.: John Sayles)

“The great, stirring epic ‘Lone Star’ stands as a peak in the career of John Sayles, who already has such admirably serious films to his credit. Long admired for the independence and quiet intelligence of his work, Mr. Sayles this time delivers a vibrant history lesson about a Texas border town. Gratifyingly complex and beautifully told, this tale explores a huge array of cultural, racial, economic and familial tensions. In the process, it also sustains strong characters, deep emotions and clear dramatic force. Plain and forthright as it looks, "Lone Star" winds up with a scope and overview rarely attempted in American films today, which makes its success that much more exemplary. Every moment of the film, from the quiet foreshadowing of its first scene to a magnificently apt ending, is utterly right.” Janet Maslin, The New York Times.

Introduced by Ward Keeler, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, with a discussion afterward. Watch a clip: Historical Perspective.

Migration is a deeply human experience across all parts of the world, even as specific conditions of need, gender, geography, culture, and coercion frame particular journeys. The feature films in this series capture the emotions and stories of migrants in a multitude of settings. Each film will be introduced by a faculty member and followed by discussion of the film and the questions it raises about migration as a common experience that can both divide and unite us.

View the “Faces of Migration: Classic and Contemporary Films” program, spring 2018.

Films will be screened alternate Tuesdays in CLA, Glickman Conference Center. 7 pm. Parking: Brazos Garage, 210 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.. Free and open to the UT Austin community and the public.

Presented by Not Even PastThe Department of History, and Institute of Historical Studies, with generous co-sponsorship of Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American StudiesCenter for Mexican American StudiesCenter for European StudiesCenter for East Asian StudiesCenter for Asian American StudiesDepartment of American StudiesDepartment of Radio-Television-Film, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Humanities Media Project, and Austin Film Society.

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