Grits and Tamales

Life in the Deep South, by Gabriel Aguilera

All Mexicans Should See “The Wild Bunch” (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)

Wild Bunch 1 Wild Bunch 2 Wild Bunch 3The Wild Bunch (Directed by Sam Peckinpah, 1969) 

Earlier this week I finally got around to seeing this wonderful film, which came highly recommended to me by Christopher Carr.  The film is book-ended with action and violence.  Sandwiched in between are magnificent portraits of the early 20th century Mexican American border that included a U.S. Southwest that was becoming less wild; the fringes of the Mexican Revolution in Northern Mexico; the life of American and Mexican outlaws, including the dissolute wild bunch gang and Mexican caudillos; breathtaking panoramas of Northern Mexico and Southwestern United States; and quotidian life in Mexican villages. I particularly love the countless shots of Mexicans throughout, particularly the women and children, as they carried on with their chores and activities. These were not over-glamorized thanks to the director’s impeccable and judicious choices. These are peerless period portraits the like of which I have not seen. For this reason alone I believe it is a film all Mexicans need to see.


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