Skip to main content

SAM PECKINPAH: MAN OF IRON

USA, 1991 (MIFF 1993, Documentaries)

Director: Paul Joyce

Never an easy or comfortable 'talent' to accept, legendary director Sam Peckinpah's working life was continually damaged by front office interference, in tandem with his tendency towards self-destruction. This powerful combination, together with a reputation for excessive use of violence in his films, makes this engrossing documentary about Peckinpah' s life and career long overdue. This film not only provides rare insights into the director's working methods but describes the demise of the old-style, trouble-making Hollywood director, and the new 'yes-men' now in demand by a system uneasy with maverick artists.

See also...

MOTION AND EMOTION: THE FILMS OF WIM WENDERS

Although Wim Wenders produced what are arguably amongst the most original and important films of the past two decades there has been no detailed study of his work on film until now. ... Paul Joyce ... More »

OUT OF THE BLUE AND INTO THE BLACK

An enthralling look at a footnote to Hollywood history, this is essentially a straightforward overview of the phenomenal rise and fall of the American independent film production company B.B.S., the ... More »

CHANGING OUR MINDS: THE STORY OF DR. EVELYN HOOKER

... ... During the McCarthy era, Dr Evelyn Hook­er took on the moral majority and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to prove, through a pioneer clinical study, homo­sexuality was ... More »

LEGENDS

Actors in the longrunning Las Vegas show "Legends in Concert" try, every night to packed houses, to bring Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland back from the dead - and in so doing find ... More »

COLOR ADJUSTMENT: BLACKS IN PRIME TIME

... ... Provocative, engaging and scrupulously researched, Color Adjustment: Blacks In Prime Time is a film that examines the relation­ship between prime-time television and Ameri­ca's racial ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director