THE WILD BUNCH (Director's Cut) - 50 Year Anniversary 35MM Screening - May 2nd - 630PM
A notorious preview screening of director Sam Peckinpah’s western THE WILD BUNCH occurred on May 1st, 1969 at the Empire theatre in Kansas City, MO, which is now the Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet. The film’s graphic violence was ahead of its time and sent scores of unsuspecting Kansas Citians running out of the theater. THE WILD BUNCH is now considered a classic. To commemorate this historical cinematic event, Alamo Drafthouse and Film Society KC are honored to present a 35mm screening of THE WILD BUNCH Director's Cut on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 at Alamo Drafthouse Kansas City IN THE SAME LOCATION the original screening took place. The screening will be followed by an enlightening Q&A featuring author, filmmaker and Sam Peckinpah historian Paul Seydor. VIP Tickets are available for current or new Film Society KC members, and range from $25 to $50.
Current Film Society KC members pay $25 for a ticket to the show, a special meet & greet with Paul Seydor before the screening, priority seating at the screening and a Blu-ray copy of THE WILD BUNCH Director's Cut, which includes Seydor's 1996 Oscar Nominated documentary short film, THE WILD BUNCH: AN ALBUM IN MONTAGE. New Film Society KC members pay $50, which includes a membership to Film Society KC (a $40 value), and everything included in the current Film Society KC member ticket package. Only 30 VIP tickets are available for current and new members, so purchase yours today. ABOUT THE WILD BUNCH William Holden leads a band of aging robbers through the hard world of the Old West, pursued by former-friend-turned bounty-hunter Robert Ryan. The balletic violence and weary fatalism that Peckinpah brings to his vision of the American West is underscored by some of sweatiest, dirtiest, bloodiest performances from some of the toughest actors of all time. Ernest Borgnine, Ben Johnson and Warren Oates shoot, screw, drink, and ride their way through the film’s harsh landscape, while managing to imbue it with a sense of sublime poetry. This is a film about men who have outlived their time and cling to a code that will be discarded by future generations: stand by your friends, take what you can get, and don’t kill civilians...unless they get in the way. ABOUT PAUL SEYDORPaul Seydor is a film professor at Chapman University and the editor of dozens of feature films including TURNER AND HOOCH, WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP, HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE and many more. He was also the Director and Editor of the Oscar Nominated documentary short film, THE WILD BUNCH: AN ALBUM IN MONTAGE..
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