I have recently become hopelessly addicted to the films of Sam Peckinpah. Most notably THE WILD BUNCH and BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA.
I am no cinephile by any stretch but i have shot a lot things the way i wanted to shoot them. and i’ve been fortunate to work with the best. i appreciate craft.
And Sam was an amazing craftsman. He was a brilliant storyteller. And a natural at directing film.
A lot of Sam’s films have similar themes…regret…one last chance at redemption…and are driven by a violent chase. Quentin Tarantino owes this guy money.
Sam was notorious in the 1970s for his gory slow-mo shoot outs. They seem tame by today’s standards but he wanted to show the awfulness of violence.
But ultimately what makes Sam great is his humanity. You feel what his characters are feeling. You care about them. You feel you know them.
Despite the schlocky sounding title, BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA is a very affecting film filled with explorations of what people are really like and what they will do to get what they want.
I highly recommend it.
And i highly recommend checking out Sam’s films. My Netflix queue is currently filled with his work.
Sam Peckinpah was clearly a pro. He was bona fide.
This is a TERRIBLE trailer for BMTHOAG.