Ahh, the Late Arrivals at the Austin Film-makers Ball


The day after I left Austin, Texas, ‘Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia’ played at the Alamo thanks to the Badass Digest. Damn.

[Sam] Peckinpah gets a lot of love for The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs and The Getaway – and rightfully so. But Alfredo Garcia holds a special place in the Peckinpah canon. It’s his grimiest, sickest, weirdest movie but also his most personal. It’s about how Bennie, an ex-pat American living in Mexico, learns that a local crimelord wants the head of the gigolo who knocked up his daughter.

The reward: a cool million. But Bennie has some inside info: this gigolo, Alfredo Garcia, was actually killed in an accident some weeks back. All Bennie has to do is go to the graveyard, dig up the corpse and become rich. Or so he thinks.

America may have forgotten the Peckinpah film, but for Radio 4 comedy fans, it never really went away. It just made an appearance at every society ball Humphrey Lyttleton announced.

Photo credit: bodmanlive.

Ewan Spence
Ewan Spence is a blogger, author and writer based out of Edinburgh, Scotland. In addition to his own blog, he has contributed and contributes to BBC News, BBC Magazine (online), The Stage (UK Arts and Entertainment Newspaper), Computing (VNU), iProng Magazine, IT Pro, O’Reilly’s Make Magazine, Palmtop Magazine, Podcast User Magazine, UK Tech and UK Mobile Blognation, PDA Essentials, Mobile Messaging 2.0 and All About Symbian.

He wrote the book Rapid Mobile Enterprise Development for Symbian OS and has audio program commissions for BBC Radio 5 Live – Through the Night and Pods and Blogs, Computer Outlook Talk Radio Show and Talk 107. He also regularly speaks at and moderates panels at high profile technology conferences around the world.
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