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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Peckinpah: The Western Films, first published when the director's reputation was at low ebb, helped lead a generation of readers and filmgoers to a full and enduring appreciation of Peckinpah's landmark films. This expanded, revised edition includes a new section on the personal significance of The Wild Bunch to Peckinpah as well as a complete account of the successful, bu ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published June 29th 1999 by University of Illinois Press (first published October 1st 1996)
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„Who Would Have Thought the Old Man to Have Had So Much Blood in Him?“

Paul Seydor’s magnificent tribute to Sam Peckinpah, Peckinpah. The Western Films – A Reconsideration, actually shows that there is really a lot of blood in Peckinpah’s western oeuvre in that his films, even after forty years, still teem with life and meaning, and that, at the same time, the epithet “Bloody Sam” largely misses the point about this controversial director because for all the violence depicted in his movies, visua
Joe Mcclure
Aside from the thorough, at times ecstatic, analyses of Peckinpah's Westerns, the thing about this book I most appreciate is how it places Peckinpah in the American literary tradition.

This forced me to think about something I knew but hadn't much considered: A good film has every right to be placed alongside a good novel. Seydor remarks that "The Wild Bunch" is a great as Hemingway's best work. And he's right.

The book takes an American studies approach, which I love. It's about much more than Pe
Another step in my personal examination of Peckinpah's movies. Terrific for any fan, revisit the movie, reference the book. Gives you a deeper understanding and appreciation of the movies, and the assembled group that produced them.
Stephen Hughes
Excellent study of Peckinpah's westerns by the guy who edited Turner and Hooch. The chapters on The Wild Bunch and Ride The High Country are standouts.

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