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‘Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia’
August 5, 2017 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM$10
UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present Opening Wednesday: The Shadow Cinema of the 1970s
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
Nobody loses all the time — except perhaps Bennie, the misbegotten, desperate hatchet man of Sam Peckinpah’s grit- and grime-filled late-career sojourn through the lawless Mexican underworld. Nodding toward its precursor The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston, 1948), this unhurried “brutalist fable” swaps gold-rushers for headhunters as a craggy Warren Oates dodges transient bikers, wielded shovels and multi-generational ambushes on his languid, ill-fated quest for the titular, coveted cranium. Considered the last “true” Peckinpah film, Alfredo Garcia was an utter flop upon initial release that now rests atop the cult film pedestal as an unromantic, illimitable reflection of the “Me” decade.
Production: Optimus Productions; Estudios Churubusco. Distribution: United Artists Corps. Director: Sam Peckinpah. Producer: Martin Baum. Screenwriter: Sam Peckinpah, Gordon Dawson. Cinematographer: Alex Phillips, Jr. Editor: Dennis E. Dolan, Sergio Ortega, Robbe Robert. Music: Jerry Fielding. Cast: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber, Gig Young, Helmut Dantine
DCP, color, 112 min.
In-Person: author Charles Taylor, film historian Kim Morgan
FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.