4/16/14

THE WILD BUNCH: MAKING THE FINAL SHOOTOUT

Here's a mini-doc (or excerpt from a longer one?) on the making of the famous final shoot-out in Sam Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch." Among other things, it tells of how Peckinpah took a one line description of some action in the script and, thinking on his feet, developed one of the films truly iconic sections--the "long walk" taken by the principals. When people wonder what a director really does, I try to point to examples such as this. Directing is about looking deeply into the material at things that appear merely functional and finding ways to give them size--visually, metaphorically, thematically. I've also posted the final shoot-out itself which makes even more fascinating viewing than usual after watching the description of its making.






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