No one-horse fest
three to see in the next seven days
Friday 13 October 1995
The Leeds event is something of a cowboy outfit, with all breeds of western on show. It's true to say that the great westerns have all been full of leather chaps reeking of testosterone - and that's just the outfits: think Eastwood, think Fonda, think big leggy John Wayne. So if your knowledge of the Wild West is limited to telly floss like High Chaparal and Bonanza, this is your chance to catch some of the best gun action ever to gallop across the screen.
A flick through the programme shows a fine clutch of horse operas by master film-maker John Ford. Best known as the director who whipped Wayne into shape, transforming him from B-movie player to "The Duke", Ford's classics include The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (right, 6.15pm tonight) and Fort Apache (7.30pm Mon) and explore themes of community, civilisation and frontier wilderness with moral intelligence.
Immorality was more Peckinpah's thing, and a restored print of his controversial film The Wild Bunch (8.30pm tonight) makes vital viewing - the director's cut in this case being a notorious split-second throat-slitting. On its release in 1969, Peckinpah's deliriously violent tale of murderous outlaws was butchered by a chicken-livered studio. Now the original blood-soaked masterpiece is back, along with a fabulously degenerate Marlene Dietrich in Rancho Notorious (9pm Mon 23 Oct). Mix in a fistful of Spaghettis and you're in western heaven.
By no means a one-horse festival itself, Birmingham premieres Cannes hit Angels and Insects, and pays tribute to Shyam Benegal, one of the pioneers of New Indian Cinema. Party on film-lovers.
Leeds International Film Festival to 27 Oct, Birmingham International Film & TV Festival to 22 Oct
- 1 Rowan Atkinson to sell £10 million McLaren 'supercar' he crashed into a tree and a lamppost
- 2 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 3 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 4 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness
Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
Edgar Froese dead: Tangerine Dream founder dies aged 70
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Syrian refugee child beaten by Istanbul Burger King manager for eating customer’s leftover food
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
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