We're proud to partner with Bloomsbury, Utah Humanities, Utah Film Center, and Salt Lake City Public Library for a very special event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Sam Peckinpah's classic western The Wild Bunch. Join us as we welcome author W. K. Stratton to Salt Lake City Public Library to discuss his new book The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film. Mr. Stratton will be answering questions about, and signing copies of, his new book from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m., when he'll introduce the film. Attendees will then enjoy a full screening of The Wild Bunch, courtesy of Utah Film Center. Afterward, Mr. Stratton will answer lingering or new questions anyone has about the film, and will sign any additional copies of his book. Sam Peckinpah's film The Wild Bunch, named one of the greatest films of all time by the American Film Institute, is the story of a gang of outlaws who are one big steal from retirement. When their attempted train robbery goes awry, the gang flees to Mexico and falls in with a brutal general of the Mexican Revolution, who offers them the job of a lifetime. Conceived by a stuntman, directed by a blacklisted director, and shot in the sand and heat of the Mexican desert, the movie seemed doomed. Instead, it became an instant classic with a dark, violent take on the Western movie tradition. In The Wild Bunch, W.K. Stratton tells the fascinating history of the making of the movie and documents for the first time the extraordinary contribution of Mexican and Mexican-American actors and crew members to the movie's success. Shaped by infamous director Sam Peckinpah, and starring such visionary actors as William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O'Brien, and Robert Ryan, the movie was also the product of an industry and a nation in transition. By 1968, when the movie was filmed, the studio system that had perpetuated the myth of the valiant cowboy in movies like The Searchers had collapsed, and America was riled by Vietnam, race riots, and assassinations. The Wild Bunch spoke to America in its moment, when war and senseless violence seemed to define both domestic and international life. The Wild Bunch is an authoritative history of the making of a movie and the era behind it.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.