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Bloody Sam: The Life and Films of Sam Peckinpah

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Bloody Sam is an in-depth look at legendary film director Sam Peckinpah's tumultuous life, both on and off the set. At once lauded and vilified, Peckinpah introduced a new brand of stylized, naturalistic violence to moviemaking in such classic films as The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs, The Getaway, and Convoy. Virtually every director of violent action films of the last twenty y ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 25th 2006 by Miramax Books (first published 1991)
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Working, or being involved in any way with, director Sam Peckinpah was not for the faint of heart. The creator of "The Wild Bunch" and "Pat Garret and Billy the Kid" was a hard-drinking, hard living, obstreperous and stubborn human being, paranoid, quick to take offense where none was given ... and a truly unique and visionary American film director with a depth of artistic instinct unlike few who have come before or after him.

As with Hemingway or Fitzgerald, reading this fantastic biography of
Raphael Bernardo
It was hard to read about Peckinpah's life. The peak of his career is in the middle of the book when he made 'The Wild Bunch' and 'Straw Dogs'. Up till then the drugs and alcohol made him interesting. Afterwards there is no sign of the great writer he was and the rest of his movies were full of problems due to his alcoholism and coke habits. It was difficult reading a couple hundred pages that talk only of problems. Pretty draining but only because of the subject matter, not the writing.
I'll let everyone know.......Enjoyed it a lot. Full of trivia and behind the scenes stuff you would otherwise not know.
Stephen Hughes
Down and dirty biography of a great film director. Lots of coke, lots of booze, and a lots of whores.
The only Peckinpah bio I've read. I have a strong inkling there's a much better one out there.
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