The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)

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The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)

Post by Admin on Thu Oct 01, 2015 3:51 pm



What genre is this movie? What characteristics and genre conventions have you found during the screening? Please post pictures or clips to support your comments, if available.

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Re: The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)

Post by MATTBARR96 on Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:32 pm

From the opening moments of Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 film The Wild Bunch it is apparent to an audience that the film falls into the western genre of cinema. Set towards the very end of America’s old west period the film begins with the attempted robbery of a bank by a group of outlaws disguised as soldiers and the subsequent shoot out between them and a group of bounty hunters lead by a former member of the outlaw band, Deke Thornton, who was betrayed and left behind by the gang leader Pike Bishop.



Already the film has adhered to well established genre conventions, for example the bloody opening shootout and robbery and the infamous firefight that takes place towards the films climax, as well as inclusions of bands of rebellious outlaws and their conflict with law men and the themes of greed and betrayal which are ever present and well established in previous films of the genre. One of the larger influences in director Peckinpah's decision to craft a film so bloody and violent was the ongoing Vietnamese war during the time of The Wild Bunch's production. Peckinpah was dismayed with the glamourised portrayal of violence in other contemporary western films, with his intention being to present the violence in a way which would be ugly and turn off audiences to the idea of it.





Another contributing factor towards the sense of generic verisimilitude in the film is the use cinematography, specifically the amount of long shots in outside locations to show the scale of the great plains and mountainous regions in which the film was shot, the vast open plains being one of the main commonalities between films in the genre.

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