Peckinpah’s Bad Boy

Or to put it another way

Pretty cool, Stanley

But not as cool as –


As Rachel reminds us –

Good work, Rachel. But the real problem is THIS dude


and his dark masterpiece


for it not only identifies the psychopathology of gun-worship — it celebrates it.

It was the very favorite film of the late Jerry Harvey


“Born in Bakersfield, California, a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Harvey first established himself within the film community by programming the director’s cut of Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch” at the Beverly Canon Theater in 1974. Peckinpah himself was in attendance. The film played that day to a sellout crowd.
The very concept of “the director’s cut” had no commercial viability until Harvey demonstrated it with this screening. After, as longer versions of such films as “Touch of Evil” by Orson Welles began surfacing from studio vaults, “director’s cuts” became a staple of the Revival House theater-circuit. (In the 1960s and ’70s, before the rise of Home Video, “Revival Houses” were the only way to see films as their makers intended.) Harvey’s passion for film won him great friendships with such maverick filmmakers and master directors as Robert Altman, James B. Harris, Monte Hellman, and such actors as Peter O’Toole. He brought these relationships to bear on his work at Z Channel, where he became director of programming in 1981. The films whose director’s cuts Harvey championed, using Z’s as a showcase, include: Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate,” “The Ruling Class” with Peter O’Toole, Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in America,” Karel Reisz’s “The Loves of Isadora,” John Ford’s “Up the River,” Bernardo Bertolucci’s “1900,” Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch” and “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid”

But wait, there’s more.

“A 2004 documentary directed by Xan Cassavetes, “Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession,” detailed Harvey’s life and accomplishments. Altman and Harris attested to Harvey’s great sympathy and inspirational value as a champion of film. Younger filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, and Jim Jarmusch likewise acknowledged the influence of Z on their own work.
The film also chronicles a tragic history with women. Harvey’s two older sisters, Mary and Ann, committed suicide in 1975 and 1978 respectively. These deaths, and the inherent despairs which triggered them, haunted and afflicted Harvey—destroying two longtime love-relationships, first with Doreen Ringer-Ross who lived with Harvey from 1973 to 1978, and photographer-filmmaker Vera Anderson, who married Harvey shortly after Ann’s suicide in ’78, and divorced him in 1984. Harvey’s second wife, Deri Rudulph (born December 21, 1949), married him in February, 1986. They remained together until April 9, 1988, when Harvey killed Rudulph with a pistol before turning the gun on himself.”

Yes, it’s the same old song.

Right Irving?

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