Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 222: Mon Aug 11

The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah, 1969): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 5.50pm

This is part of the Passport to Cinema season and also screens on August 17. Details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Sam Peckinpah's notorious western depicted an outlaw gang, made obsolete by encroaching civilization, in its last burst of violent, ambiguous glory. By 1969, when the film was made, the western was experiencing its last burst as well, and in retrospect Peckinpah's film seems a eulogy for the genre (there is even a dispassionate audience—Robert Ryan's watchful Pinkerton man—built into the film). The on-screen carnage established a new level in American movies, but few of the films that followed in its wake could duplicate Peckinpah's depth of feeling.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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