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Peckinpah’s bloody western epic about an ageing outlaw gang trying to exist in the changing ‘modern’ world of 1913, courted controversy on release because of its graphic violence but is now revered for its revolutionary approach to cinematography and editing.
Often read as a commentary on the nightly bloodshed supplied by the first ‘television war’, The Wild Bunch was acclaimed by critic Richard Schickel as ‘a film that may emerge as one of the most important records of the mood of our times’. Starring William Holden, Robert Ryan and Ernest Borgnine.
See what else is screening Wednesdays @ NFSA: Voices against the Vietnam War in May.