Aero Theatre
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Thu, Apr 28, 2011
7:30pm
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THE BALLAD OF BLOODY SAM: THE FILMS OF SAM PECKINPAH
BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA / THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE

Sam Peckinpah followed up THE WILD BUNCH with the much less-violent THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE, and later, the macabre BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA, which he remembered as his only film released exactly as he intended it.

BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA
1974, MGM Repertory, 112 min, USA, Dir: Sam Peckinpah

Director Sam Peckinpah’s macabre shaggy-dog story rises to the status of existential masterpiece before the last frame unspools. A ruthless land baron (Emilio Fernandez) offers a huge bounty to find Alfredo Garcia, the father of his daughter’s unborn child. Piano-playing, expatriate loser Bennie (Warren Oates in one of his finest roles) shambles through the hellish backwater villages of rural Mexico on the hunt for "easy" money, a deadly pilgrimage that could jeopardize Bennie’s one real chance at happiness - the love of his loyal, prostitute girlfriend Elita (Isela Vega). Look for the incomparable Robert Webber and Gig Young as the poker-faced killers tailing Bennie.


THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE
1970, Warner Bros., 121 min, USA, Dir: Sam Peckinpah

This whimsical, sweetly melancholy, ultimately uplifting fable stars Jason Robards as Cable, a prospector left in the desert to die by partners L.Q. Jones and Strother Martin. But in a classic turning-lemons-into-lemonade twist, Cable discovers a freshwater spring and establishes a stagecoach rest stop on the spot, the perfect occupation for a cantankerous loner. Things couldn’t be going better with prostitute love-of-his-life Hildy (Stella Stevens) moving in with him. But then a newfangled invention rears its ugly head - the automobile. David Warner is excellent as Cable’s con man preacher pal, Joshua.


Screening formats: 35mm
Aero Theatre • Thu, Apr 28, 2011 • 7:30pm
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