Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Thu, Mar 1, 2018

Rodeo Double Feature! In Person Guests!

“We probably don’t think about it too much, but rodeo makes for exciting cinema — not just the bucking and the masochism but the world of rodeo people. Here are three masterpieces of the genre, all by pantheon directors — plus you’ve got Robert Mitchum, Susan Hayward, Steve McQueen and Ida Lupino. What else could you ask for?" - Alexander Payne

Program begins with the short “Rodeo” (1969, 20 min. Dir. Carroll Ballard). Discussion following JUNIOR BONNER with longtime Peckinpah associate Katy Haber, moderated by Alexander Payne.
35 mm!

1972, Walt Disney Co., 100 min, USA, Dir: Sam Peckinpah

Steve McQueen is Junior Bonner, a restless rodeo star trying to deal with his drifter-con man dad (Robert Preston) and outspoken, responsible mom (Ida Lupino), as well as girlfriend Barbara Leigh - when he’s not getting his head busted on bucking broncos. A sometimes funny, sometimes melancholy meditation on Americans who’ve forsaken the 9-to-5 strait jacket to thrive in a much more rugged lifestyle. With Ben Johnson and Joe Don Baker.

35 mm!

1952, Warner Bros., 113 min, USA, Dir: Nicholas Ray

In this story of an indomitable woman and the men who will risk anything to have her, rodeo star Jeff McCloud (Robert Mitchum) hobbles back home to Oklahoma after a series of accidents. But when ambitious young rider Wes Merritt (Arthur Kennedy) hires McCloud as coach, the younger man's wife, Louise (Susan Hayward), is the lure that attracts McCloud. Louise is willing to allow McCloud's advances if it will help her husband; however, when the unstable triangle of passion inevitably leads to a confrontation between Merritt and McCloud, the aging rider enters one last rodeo just to thwart Merritt's ambition - but at a terrible price.

Screening formats: 35mm (JUNIOR BONNER, THE LUSTY MEN), blu-ray ("Rodeo")
Aero Theatre • Thu, Mar 1, 2018 • 7:30pm