Reblogged » Radiator Heaven: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia.
Today, my good friend J.D. over at his Radiator Heaven blog reprised his most excellent look of a rugged, uncompromising film by the legendary Sam Peckinpah that still haunts those who’ve seen it. From the unexpected teenage pregnancy of a powerful man’s daughter to the stunning, smoking final image, it “… is a ferocious crime film that has been imitated (see Man on Fire) but never equaled.”:
Sam Peckinpah spent his career fighting against the Hollywood studio system to make his own distinctive brand of films. Out of all the ones he made only on Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) was he given final cut privileges. The film is the epitome of a grungy nihilism that was in vogue with many American filmmakers during the 1970s with Peckinpah leading the charge in 1969 with the explosive deconstruction of the western that was The Wild Bunch. Coupled with his love affair with the country of Mexico, the veteran director created a deeply personal film that alienated critics and mainstream audiences alike back in the day, but has gone on to become one of his most highly regarded films.
I heartily recommend both the review and the film.