Disability Reframed Film Series Screening June 18


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Disability Reframed--A Free Community Film Series presents: Disability Images of the Mid-20th century, Part II:
A Television Giant: The Adult Western “Gunsmoke” (1955) Saturday, June 18, 2-5 p.m.
Cambridge Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square
An all-ages (18+) event
Link to Event Flier (pdf)

Come to a free matinee screening of episodes from television’s biggest TV series, Gunsmoke. Hero Marshal Matt Dillon's limping jailer and second gun, Chester Goode, was the most beloved disabled character in television history. Decathlon champion and ‘Method’ actor Dennis Weaver’s Emmy-winning portrayal of Chester became one of the most unforgettable characters on television, yet the series content itself avoided disability entirely – promoting a striking paradox about exploitation and denial that reflected social attitudes of the time.

The film will be followed by an open audience discussion, led by Gunsmoke scholar Bet MacArthur.

This is a scent-free event. Out of consideration for people with environmental illness or multiple chemical sensitivity, please refrain from using perfume or other scented products.

For sign language interpreters or other accommodations, please contact Kate Thurman at the Commission for Persons with Disabilities by Friday, June 10 at 617-349-4692 (voice) or 617-492-0235 (TTY) or email kthurman@cambridgema.gov

Sponsored by: Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities and Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs.

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Please feel free to bring friends and family to this film screening.


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