Episode 5

First Cow (2020)

Kelly Reichardt's subversive western about two men and a prized cow. A novel is deftly cut down here to a seemingly small film with a massive message: capitalism, masculinity, and manifest destiny.

We trace the life of this newly released film from conception (why a cow?), production (an indie period piece), release (skipping Venice after being explicitly invited), reception (critical rapture, but will it play outside the West Village?)

Just us as we trace the life of First Cow...