61 Great Directors: Sam Peckinpah

“The end of a picture is always an end of a life.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Wild Bunch.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A.

What Did I Watch: Straw Dogs.

Where Does He Fit: Does Straw Dogs even work as a whole? The film’s misogyny is outrageous: we start with the wife being belittled by her husband for being unable to recite his work properly, and it turns into her tenderly kissing her rapist. Is it possible to interpret the entire film as a hazy sort of nightmare from a misogynistic point of view? Not as neatly as most would like to keep their asses covered. It’s a tough film to crack open just in how simply it pulls things apart, a tale of paranoia that becomes relevant to all situations if you go heteronormative.


Most Valuable Asset: Nihilism.
Most Excited For: Wild Bunch.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Seems likely…although I hope his better received efforts are less vile.

Coming Up Next: Bernardo Bertolucci, mad visualist.


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