Sam Peckinpah, Two Essential Documentaries
Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron (1993). Sam Peckinpah was a paradox who both cultivated and disdained his own legend as one of Hollywood’s most difficult directors, his often violent films evoked strong responses and varied, almost contradictory, readings. This is part of the Moving Pictures television series devoted to cinema that aired on BBC 2 from 1991 to 1996. There is some difference in this edition from the original, scenes from other movies that originally appeared in the film have been edited out. The original length of the documentary is about 86-minutes, but without the movie scenes this runs at about 82-minutes. The story begins from his childhood and then soon moves through his acting career, with interviews from family and friends, including James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Jason Robards and a many others. It also covers his views of women, the ways of directing his actors and then also touches on his alcohol and drug problem.
Passion & Poetry: The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah (2005). This is the definitive documentary about Sam Peckinpah to date and it’s unlikely that anything with the same range of sources and material will be put together again.