(Sam Peckinpah, USA, 1973): Of all the events recounted in such frustrating, fascinating and near-forensic detail in Paul Seydor's The Authentic Death and Contentious Afterlife of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, the hardest one to digest is this: seven months after the film had opened to...

(Raoul Walsh, USA, 1947): The long urban shadows of film noir stretched all the way to the frontier in Raoul Walsh's remarkable and strikingly gorgeous 1947 id-western Pursued, in which a tragically haunted Robert Mitchum actually gives James Wong Howe's ravishing black-and-white rendering of the infinite desert...

(Tonino Valerii, Italy/Spain, 1969): Among discerning spaghetterati, Tonino Valerii's speculative riff on the JFK assassination -- thinly disguised as an even more speculative riff on the Garfield assassination -- is held in high regard, and if inspired liberty-taking counts for anything, The Price of Power...

(Richard Brooks, USA, 1966): Back in the day it was made, The Professionals was thought to be mindless grade-A action personified. It was not to be taken seriously as anything other than nifty, big-balled diversion, and a good thing for men to see if football wasn't...