Peckinpah: The Western Films--A Reconsideration | EW.com

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The Wild Bunch may well be the greatest American movie of all time. If you doubt this claim, then read Peckinpah: The Western Films to learn why. A film editor whose credits include Tin Cup and White Men Can’t Jump, Seydor traces the sources of Peckinpah’s art: his privileged California upbringing in a family riven by tensions between an upright father and a neurotic mother; his voracious reading; and his understanding of such precursors as Ford, Huston, Kurosawa, and Fellini. According to Seydor, Peckinpah belongs in a pantheon of American romantics, running from Emerson through Thoreau, Melville, Hemingway, and Mailer. Peckinpah: An Album in Montage, Seydor’s Oscar-nominated documentary about the making of The Wild Bunch, soon to be released with Warner Bros’ laserdisc of this monumental film, will make a wonderful companion to this wonderful book.