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Tribute to Sam Peckinpah - The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

GROTE ZAAL | Online €5 | Kassa €6

A bitter-sweet ode to the Old West.

Tribute to Sam Peckinpah
Sam Peckinpah was one of the greatest and most original directors in the history of Hollywood, but it took decades until he finally got his due. Peckinpah forever changed action cinema, and he inserted both a dark edge and a vulnerable humanity into the Western genre. He created a stock company of some of the finest character actors of his time. And he was a total asshole, a huge pain in the ass, and a completely self-destructive drunk. They called him Bloody Sam. During April we will screen four of his hardboiled and superbly made films. 

The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
Miraculously saved from death, an old hobo seeks redemption as he accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert. Described by one critic as "a musical about the economic and emotional complexities of capitalism," The Ballad of Cable Hogue is a splendid example of the New Western, a wonderfully comic tale with a spiritual damnation unexpected from director Sam Peckinpah, who usually seems more at home with bleak, violent films. Set at the last days of the Wild West and the beginning of the “civilized” West, the film is a bitter-sweet ode to the Old West.