An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.
FilmTalk: The Wild Bunch will be introduced by Professor Peter Stanfield, School of Arts, University of Kent
The Future is X-rated
A season of controversial films from 1969, curated by Lawrence Jackson, Lecturer at School of Arts, University of Kent.
Three films that represented a cultural watershed: The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah), Taste the Blood of Dracula (Peter Sasdy) and Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger).
These films were distinguished by the conjunction of three elements: firstly, they were mainstream cinema releases; secondly, the Peckinpah and Schlesinger received significant critical acclaim, Midnight Cowboy winning the Oscar for Best Picture; thirdly, all were certificated X for their explicit content.
This mini-season at the Gulbenkian of three films from 1969 is intended to capture a moment that, culturally, anticipated the greater freedoms of the 1970s and beyond. Just a few years later lay X-rated arthouse and studio smash hits such as Last Tango in Paris and The Exorcist. Before that, in 1969, these films blazed a trail and foretold the future.
Part of Gulbenkian 50 Years Festival