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Peckinpah: A Portrait in Montage
One of the most colorful, innovative and controversial film directors of the 60s and 70s, Sam Peckinpath is best known for the challenging classic western The Wild Bunch. It epitomizes a style that was uniquely his and that marked such other Peckinpah films as Ride the High Country, Major Dundee, Straw Dogs and Junior Bonner. In their cool but fevered view of conflict, the ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Limelight Editions
(first published November 30th 1982)
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The style of this biography is pretty pedestrian - Peckinpah himself is quoted as saying the author couldn't write worth a damn - but that's not always an issue with portraits of artists. There's more than enough stories and vernacular flavour from the various contributors to make this worth a read for anyone interested in old-school directors. The parallels with John Huston's life are clear, and the two men shared a genius for casting that means the book itself is populated by people who are mo ...more
Jun 25, 2007 Kecia rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Peckinpah fans only
I dated a man in college who was dreamed of being a film critic and was a huge fan of westerns. He told me that "The Wild Bunch" was the most perfect western ever made. He gave me this book about his hero Sam Peckinpah. I enjoyed it enough at the time. The only thing I remember about is that "The Wild Bunch" is the most perfect western ever made. Too bad I don't like westerns.