Aero Theatre
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Thu, Apr 7, 2011
7:30pm
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THE BALLAD OF BLOODY SAM: THE FILMS OF SAM PECKINPAH
Double Feature!
PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID / RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY

Two westerns directed by Sam Peckinpah: Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan in PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID and 1962's RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY, considered Peckinpah's first masterpiece.

PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID
1973, Warner Bros., 122 min, USA, Dir: Sam Peckinpah

Director Sam Peckinpah’s take on the famous outlaw’s rise and fall is nothing less than magnificent - a sprawling, plaintive, achingly exquisite reflection on loss of all kinds. Billy (Kris Kristofferson) and his loose-knit gang (among them Bob Dylan, who also supplied the beautiful score) butt heads with cattle industry interests devouring the countryside, something that steers them onto a collision course with old comrade and new sheriff, Pat Garrett (James Coburn). Watch for the "Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door" sequence with Sheriff Baker (Slim Pickens) and his wife (Katy Jurado), one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful women in the history of Western cinema. With Harry Dean Stanton, R.G. Armstrong, Donnie Fritts, L.Q. Jones.


RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY
1962, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Sam Peckinpah

Peckinpah’s first uncontested masterpiece is this elegiac portrait of the end of the Wild West, embodied in the form of two aging friends (unforgettably portrayed by Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea) with very different agendas, who are hired to guard a shipment of gold. Lucien Ballard’s cinematography was never better, capturing the untainted splendor of the high mountains and the bone-weary sadness of two men nearing the end of their lives’ trails. With Mariette Hartley, Ronald Starr.


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