Meek’s Cutoff

Below you will find written and video materials to supplement your experience with this film. Be aware that some essays and video essays may contain spoilers.

Critical Essays

Wagon trains to the west were not jolly (Roger Ebert)

Meek’s Cutoff (AV Club)

‘Meek’s Cutoff’: An Old West, Captured For A New Era (NPR)

Sewing Spaces / Needlework in Meek’s Cutoff (Brooklyn Rail)

Countering Dominant Cinema: Temporality in Meek’s Cutoff (Senses of Cinema)

A stripped-down feminist Western (Slate)

Contextual Reading

The Quiet Menace of Kelly Reichardt’s Feminist Westerns

Neo Frontier Cinema: Rewriting the Frontier Narrative from the Margins

Vernacular Landscapes: Reading the Anthropocene in the Films of Kelly Reichardt

What is a Western Anyway? – Film School Rejects

Basic Facts About the Oregon Trail

Numbers of Female Directors and Writers Grow in Indie Films, Study Shows


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