Cinemyth Film Series: 'Unforgiven' and the Myth of the Man with No Name - Atlas Obscura

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Cinemyth Film Series: 'Unforgiven' and the Myth of the Man with No Name

Venture back in time and reckon with the unforgiving myths of truth, justice, and mercy in Clint Eastwood's watershed revisionist western.

With the dawn of Sergio Leone's 1960's Dollars trilogy, Clint Eastwood became the archetypal Western hero, the mysterious "Man with No Name," who deployed frontier justice with a sharp tongue and a dead eye. In 1992, Eastwood directed and starred in Unforgiven, revisioning the entire mythology he had become known for. Bolstered with searing performances by Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman, Unforgiven revisits the age-old Western themes of ambiguous truth, the corruption of law, and the pursuit of fortune from a literal new age (Eastwood was 62 at the time) and a figurative death and rebirth of its protagonist, ultimately demythologizing the hero to show him as human.

Join Atlas Obscura at the Philosophical Research Society for this final installment in the Cinemyth Film Series' exploration of the revisionist western genre. The guest presenter for the evening is documentary film editor and Ph.D. mythologist Aaron Kemp. You’ll enjoy a complimentary bag of popcorn for the viewing in the PRS auditorium, and after a brief intermission, Devon will lead an inclusive exploration of the film’s mythic motifs and its commentary on America’s treatment of the sacred over the last two centuries. 

The Cinemyth Film Series is a monthly screening event exploring the role of myth in independent and cult cinema, as well as less-exposed mythic aspects of popular films. We’ll see how each film engages ancient or prevailing cultural mythologies and even creates new myths in its own right. Each screening is a curated event featuring a select film and a short presentation by a mythologist or mythically-inclined cinephile, followed by open discussion with the audience.


  • This film is rated R. Anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Arrive early to secure parking and take your seat. The event begins promptly at 6 p.m.
  • The Philosophical Research Society is located at the corner of Los Feliz and Griffith Park boulevards. Parking spaces are limited, as is nearby street parking. Please read signs carefully and park at your own discretion.
  • The Philosophical Research Society graciously extends their BYOB policy to this event. Please be mindful of your intake and dispose of all used containers!
  • A bag of popcorn is included with your ticket, and the Philosophical Research Society will be selling candy, soda, and other movie snacks on site.


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