Sam Peckinpah explains why he was a ‘good whore’: A rare interview from 1976

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‘I only have questions,’ Sam Peckinpah tells Barry Norman in this seldom seen interview from December 1976.

‘As a film maker I must look at both sides of the coin, and do my best as a story-teller. I have no absolutes. I have no value judgments,’ Peckinpah goes on to say, before asking, ‘Why does violence have such a point of intoxication with people? Why do people structure their day on killing?’

This is an incredibly honest and brilliant interview with Peckinpah, who doesn’t flinch form any of Norman’s questions - discussing his ignorance, his mistakes - explaining why he was wrong in thinking it could work as catharsis in The Wild Bunch, and why he was ‘a good whore.’
 

 
With thanks to NellyM
 

Posted by Paul Gallagher

 

 

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