Wild Wild West Screening in Leadville

Wild Wild West Screening in Leadville

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Anyone seeking inspiration for steampunk costumes and accessories in anticipation of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum’s Steampunk Leadville event on June 6 will want to check out the 1999 film Wild Wild West. The film will be screened on Friday, May 29, and is a collaboration between the CMC Timberline Campus Library and the National Mining Museum and Hall of Fame. The film, starring Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Salma Hayek, and Kenneth Branagh, will be shown free of charge at 7:30pm on May 29 in Room 401 of the Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center on the CMC campus. Refreshments will be served. Wild Wild West is rated PG 13 for “action violence and sexual comments and innuendo.”

Wild Wild West—the 1999 film and its predecessor, the 1965-1969 television series of the same name—is often cited as an example of  “western steampunk,” which includes fantastic and futuristic technology placed out-of-time in a Western Victorian setting. Steampunk elements in Wild Wild West include ingenious mechanical gadgets and a steam engine. The steam engine used in the film is one of the oldest operating steam locomotives in the United States, restored and repainted for the film.

For movie lovers who would like to explore Steampunk further, the CMC Leadville Library also has in its collection the entire run of the Wild Wild West TV show, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. TV series,  another steampunk favorite, and books including H. G. Wells’ Time Machine and Alan Moore’s steampunk graphic novel, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

For information about the Wild Wild West screening, films or books in the library collection, please contact Christine Whittington, CMC Leadville library director, at cawhittington@coloradomtn.edu or 719-486-4248.

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