This eight-part film series dedicated to a reassessment of Sam Peckinpah’s career is curated by local access TV’s Show With No Name and runs through Dec. 16. Also featured in the series are rare screenings of some of Peckinpah’s TV work and a monograph put together for this series by some of the top writers on Peckinpah in the country. The Ballad of Cable Hogue is one of the best and most lyrical (not counting the saccharine theme song, “Butterfly Morning”) Peckinpah films on record. It’s an elegiac tale about a desert rat who finds water where there shouldn’t be any and becomes an entrepreneurial American individualist. Jason Robards shines in one of his most touching and humorous performances, and David Warner is memorable as a sinning preacher man. Peckinpah, himself, has called Cable Hogue possibly his favorite film.
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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is a profound existential adventure, twistedly comic and openly bitter, brought to life by those two maniacs: Peckinpah and Oates. An ugly, vicious film about not very glamorous people engaged in ugly, vicious activities, it’s more black comedy than anything. – Louis Black
This film is probably the most legendarily “troubled” of all Peckinpah’s troubled film testaments. But this is the restored version, which plays a lot better than the original, severely edited release.