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A Uniquely American EpicIntimacy and Action, Tenderness and Violence in Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch$
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Michael Bliss

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178141

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178141.001.0001

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The Wild Bunch

The Wild Bunch

Cinema’s Founding Act of Violence

(p.112) The Wild Bunch
A Uniquely American Epic

Gérard Camy

University Press of Kentucky

Gérard Camy’s thesis is that the violence in The Wild Bunch expresses the director’s pessimistic view of unredeemed (and potentially unredeemable) human nature. The film’s shootouts—raw, seemingly unmediated—are indicative of a societal breakdown of not just restraint but norms.

Keywords:   European film criticism, violence in films, children, societal norms, pessimism

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