TOMBSTONE RASHOMON
2017, 83 min, USA, Dir: Alex Cox

Alex Cox’s most recent feature is an experiment with the Western genre that throws the established history of the shoot-out at the O.K. Corral into disarray. When a time-traveling documentary film crew embarks to record the famous event, they arrive a day late and must interview participants and witnesses to piece together their conflicting details of the experience. Cox’s attempt to create “the most comprehensive and unusual gunfight picture ever made” becomes a prism of diverging narratives in direct homage to Akira Kurosawa’s classic RASHOMON.


WALKER
1987, Universal, 94 min, Dir: Alex Cox

Born in Nashville in 1824, William Walker is one of American history’s forgotten rogues, a mercenary whose attempts to bring slavery to Central America briefly made him president of Nicaragua. Ed Harris stars in Alex Cox’s thought-provoking drama, whose deliberate anachronisms underline the fact that the more things change, the more they stay the same (the film was shot on location during the Contra War). With Peter Boyle, Marlee Matlin, René Auberjonois and a score by frequent Cox collaborator Joe Strummer of The Clash. “Without being solemn, it's deadly serious. ... WALKER is something very rare in American movies these days. It has some nerve." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times.


HIGHWAY PATROLMAN
1991, Kino Lorber, 104 min, Dir: Alex Cox

“I used to think HIGHWAY PATROLMAN was about the impossibility of doing good,” notes Alex Cox (REPO MAN) of one of his favorite films. “But now I think it’s really about the impossibility of imposing goodness on others.” Inspired by the experiences of former Mexican lawman Poncho Granados – who served as a driver for Cox while the director was scouting locations for WALKER – the crime drama follows a rookie member (Roberto Sosa) of Mexico’s national highway patrol, who struggles to keep on the straight and narrow in a department rife with corruption.


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