“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Sam Peckinpah Retrospective…

Posted on March 28, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   Bring Me the Head of Sam Peckinpah is a cinematic retrospective to be presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center from March 31st – April 7th. This ongoing event is an opportunity to view the dynamic, dazzlingly inventive works of a maverick director who refused to compromise his singular vision.

peckinpah   Cinema’s great choreographer of blood and bullets, Sam Peckinpah (right) ushered in a new era of American film-making with his deliriously violent, coolly existentialist, strikingly lyrical films, which spoke to an American public disillusioned by events like the Vietnam War and Watergate. A pivotal director who revolutionized the Western and action genres, he stood between worlds, straddling the tradition of craft that defined the classic studio era and the freewheeling experimentation of New Hollywood.

   His stylistic innovations—particularly the iconic use of slow motion and rapid-cut editing — and balletic, blood-spattered action sequences in titles like The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs, and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia have been justly celebrated. Peckinpah could also be surprisingly tender in gentle, moving films like Junior Bonner. At their heart, Peckinpah’s movies are elegies: for the ideals of the Old West; for honorable men compromised by circumstances beyond their control; for a mythic America that may never have existed. And, he employed screen legends, such as Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott, William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ben Johnson, and especially, Warren Oates.

Film Society of Lincoln Center   Organized by Dennis Lim for the Film Society of Lincoln Center. This program was selected from the Sam Peckinpah retrospective curated by film programmer and historian Roberto Turigliatto at the 2015 Locarno Film Festival, organized in collaboration with the Cinémathèque Française in Paris and the Cinémathèque Suisse in Lausanne.

   The is one masculine retrospective that might require the audience wearing flak jackets.


   James Noble (below right) was an amiable character actor, best known as the absent-minded governor in the television sitcom, Benson. He also thrived on daytime soap operas and in cinema. He studied acting under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. Eventually, Noble would steadily work at the Theatre Artists Workshop in Connecticut.

james noble   A familiar face on the small screen, Noble had recurring roles on The Edge of NightAs the World Turns, One Life to Live, The Doctors, and A World Apart. He also guest-starred in McCloudFantasy Island, Hart to Hart, Starsky and Hutch, and The Love Boat. In movies, he was memorable in 1776, Being There, 10, Airplane II, and Chances Are. In 2005, he co-founded Open the Gate Pictures, and produced and starred in the short film Glacier Bay, which won several awards at film festivals.

   James Noble was 94.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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