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Sam Peckinpah (1925-1984), an accomplished writer and director of television westerns, did not attract media attention until the release of his second feature-length film, the awardwinning Ride the High Country. Peckinpah revealed in early interviews his deep knowledge of film history, an uncompromising aesthetic, and an intolerance for any crew members who did not share his capacity for hard work. As his career progressed, he began having increasingly difficult times with producers who did not share his vision. His problems with them emerge as a major focus of his interviews.
Sam Peckinpah: Interviews features the combustible director discussing his best-known films, including the gory western The Wild Bunch, the unsettling and controversial Straw Dogs (which Pauline Kael described as "the first American film that is a fascist work of art"), and the crime thriller The Getaway. In these conversations, Peckinpah's candor--about himself, filmmaking, studios, male/female relations, violence, and contemporary politics-- provides a thoughtful portrait of a polarizing filmmaker.
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Publisher University Press of Mississippi
ISBN 1934110647 ISBN13 9781934110645
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More About Kevin J. Hayes
Kevin J. Hayes is Professor of English, University of Central Oklahoma. He is the author of Poe and the Printed Word (Cambridge, 2000); Melville's Folk Roots (1999); The Library of William Byrd of Westover (1997), for which he won the first annual Virginia Library History Award; Folklore and Book Culture (1997); and A Colonial Woman's Bookshelf (1996). In addition, he has edited Henry James: The Contemporary Reviews (Cambridge, 1996). His essays and reviews have appeared in American Literature, Edgar Allan Poe Review, Literature/Film Quarterly, New England Quarterly, Studies in the Novel, and Visible Language. In 1998, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Documentary Editing.
Kevin J. Hayes currently resides in the state of Oklahoma. Kevin J. Hayes has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Central Oklahoma University of Oklahoma University of Ok.
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Entering His House Justified Sep 7, 2008
Sam Peckinpah became famous at a time when Hollywood, and American culture in general, was in crisis over the Vietnam War. Peckinpah became associated with violence in American film, and this label "violent filmmaker" allowed people to dismiss him.
This book gives the reader the flavor of Sam Peckinpah. He was both a serious artist and the prisoner of his reputation, and ultimately the reputation helped wreck his health and career. The interviews show how he never forgot a slight and always held a grudge, but despite everything he remained an interesting guy, far deeper than the image. Some of the later interviews are revealing for what was going on around Peckinpah as expressed in the circumstances of the interviews.
I got the impression that some interviews were not included in the book (as more are talked about in the introduction than appear in the finished book.) That is disappointing, but what is here reads like the skeleton of a novel about a talented artist being swallowed by a black hole of resentment, changing tastes, and booze.
Perhaps the last word should go to Dustin Hoffman, who said of Peckinpah: our society is going to the moon, and he's the last of the gunfighters.