Monday, 9 July 2012
The Death of a Wild One
They sure don't make em like Ernie anymore.
In tribute to the great actor, The Archive takes a fresh look at one of the finest westerns ever made - The Wild Bunch in which Ernest starred alongside several other Hollywood legends.
The movie, of course, was directed by another legend - Sam Peckinpah and was released in the same year as both Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and the original and best True Grit. It was met with both awe and horror and whilst some critics called it an unrelenting bloodbath there were other more perceptive critics who took it for the romantic masterpiece that it is.
It's an intense film that still holds its own today and remains as powerful as it ever was. It is full of shocking moments - William Holden, the outlaw leader, is shot in the back by a woman and he coldly turns and blows her away, the children laughing as a scorpion is devoured by hungry ants are just two of the scenes that dig deep into the viewers gut. Peckinpah had five cameras going to shoot the all action finale and then edited the shots together later which makes the bloodbath that follows all the more visceral.
I can think of no better way to remember Ernest Borgnine than to watch this movie again.
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