Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 311: Wednesday Nov 9

Straw Dogs (Peckinpah, 1971): Barbican Cinema, 7pm

Following a screening of Sam Peckinpah's original 1971 Straw Dogs, the Barbican plan to welcome the film's star Susan George, and Katy Haber, the director's assistant on all of his films through the 1970s.

They will be in conversation with Stevie Simkin and Julian Petley, co-editors of 'Controversies', a new series of books looking at controversial films of the past 40 years.

Chicago Reader review:

'Released the same year as Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971), this Sam Peckinpah film touched off innumerable debates about violence in the movies. But the difference between Kubrick and Peckinpah is the difference between impersonal sadism and an individual morality strongly expressed; though doubtlessly reactionary, Straw Dogs has the heat of personal commitment and the authority of deep (if bitter) contemplation. It is also moviemaking of a very high order. Dustin Hoffman's performance, as the weak mathematician goaded into violence, is still his best. With Susan George, Peter Vaughan, and (unbilled) David Warner.' Dave Kehr


Here is the trailer.

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