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THE HIRED HAND: Peter Fonda’s Haunting Arthouse Western Masterpiece Hollywood Couldn’t Sell

By Robert Morgan In 1969, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, two young actors who had begun their careers in slick studio fare but eventually found themselves detouring into exploitation movies as the old Hollywood studio system collapsed, were on top … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Gun Fights

I have not yet worked out the ethical dilemma of how I can find certain forms of violence so mesmerizing and, yes, entertaining in cinema while knowing that those same forms of violence, when they occur in real life, have such devastating … Continue reading

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Who’s the Driver? Who’s the Mechanic? A Post About Auteurs.

The auteur theory goes like this: a movie is a director’s vision, it reflects her vision, her personal taste, and she is the “author” of the film (auteur is French for “author”.) Despite the fact that a motion picture is … Continue reading

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Visualizing the Ethics of Violence in Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch”

My previous post concerning Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds, violence, and the Italian Western generated an excellent discussion that revolved around what film, or a film, should or should not do with regard to a larger ethical responsibility.  As I noted … Continue reading

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