Peckinpah's reputation gets in the way of understanding his films, sometimes. The
four commentators on his films -- known as the Peckinpah Posse -- are a great
bunch of guys who have done much to rescue his art and reputation, but they are
also busy wiggling their toes in his boots.
This film is a deep dark well, with a heart as black as pitch. It's a pure and
definitive noir, yet most people dismiss it as a modern western, which is just
ludicrous, or as an action-adventure which doesn't begin to describe what's
going on with these characters. When one starts thinking of Bring Me The Head of
Alfredo Garcia as a noir it suddenly opens up with new layers of meaning. The
tone is funereal. It's almost a death poem with warning signs along the way.
I want to see Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia become accepted as a noir,
perceived in terms of a noir, and viewed as a noir. Toward that end I would ask
you both to watch the film again and consider it on its' own terms. Don't listen
to the commentaries nor watch the supplements. Do your own thinking. Post or
publish your thoughts where people will see them.