Interesting opinions here, I guess one can’t explain great films to people
who don’t get it in the first anyway. Not only a question of taste, but a certain
interest and understanding in themes is necessary I guess.
Explaining doesn’t help, I myself tried hard to like KEOMA (as so many do),
I still find all of Castellari’s films B-movies (seen before in other films, and
better done too). Too bad I’ll never get it
Peckinpah had studied drama, he came from the theater. And it shows of course.
All his films are build on a strong structure of characters and relationships.
In the first hour of STRAW DOGS he lets us take a look at a marriage falling apart,
and there’s not a dull moment in it. Many people forget that WILD BUNCH
works the same way. Although it starts with a massacre, for the next hour or
so there’s no action at all. It’s just the building of the story through character.
He was one of the best actor’s director’s of his time. Although he used unconventional
methods (just like Ford). Susan George was never better, same with McCrea, Coburn, Holden or Strother.
BONNER was among McQueen’s two favorite films, Ali said so as well. For a reason of course.
It’s a jewel for those who get it and for those who care to look beyond the power of his more
I rest my case,
'back to the Steve McQueen book (for a possible release date this winter)