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A Uniquely American Epic – Intimacy and Action, Tenderness and Violence in Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch - Kentucky Scholarship Online
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A Uniquely American Epic: Intimacy and Action, Tenderness and Violence in Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch

Michael Bliss

Abstract

Widely acknowledged as a highly innovative film, Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch was released in 1969. From the outset, the movie was considered controversial because of its powerful, graphic, and direct depiction of violence, but it was also praised for its lush photography, intricate camera work, and cutting-edge editing. Peckinpah’s tale of an ill-fated, aging outlaw gang bound by a code of honor is often regarded as one of the most complex and influential Westerns in American cinematic history. The issues dealt with in this groundbreaking film—violence, morality, friendship, and the legacy ... More

Keywords: The Wild Bunch, Sam Peckinpah, Filmmaking, cinematography, Western films, Violence in movies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780813178141
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813178141.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Bliss, editor
Virginia Tech

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