“Mike Plante’s essay film ties the legend of Wyatt Earp to the birth of the movies.” – John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
After the 30-second shootout known as the Gunfight at the OK Corral occurred in late 1881, Tombstone lawman Wyatt Earp became famous in his own time. The gunfight represented the epitome of what the wild west stood for: good guys against bad guys in a thrilling duel, although the long-standing feud and motivations behind it have complicated details. Earp wanted the general public to disregard all of that and decided he could rewrite history through the magic of the movies. He set out to Hollywood in the 1920s to try to get a movie made about his life – and it actually worked. This documentary, featuring interviews with Stacey Keach and Rebecca Solnit, among many others, highlights the influence of Earp’s legacy on cinema and how that legacy has shaped our cultural perception of the wild, wild West. Director Mike Plante (US 2019) 77 min.
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