Best Western Film Exhibit (2008)
The earliest movies were Westerns, probably because there's something so archetypal and striking about the idea of a wild frontier with no boundaries — legal, spiritual or physical. It was the same anything-can-happen spirit that brought people to Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, which is why the Buffalo Bill Museum hosted this display of film memorabilia, including more than forty original movie posters, artifacts (a shirt worn by John Wayne, as well as Slim Pickens's cowboy hat) and screenings of such films as 1909's The Life of Buffalo Bill in 3 Reels. It was a fantastic introduction to the still-popular movie genre. Just think: If there hadn't been a Buffalo Bill, there might never have been a Shane.
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