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Director Anne Feinsilber offers an impressionistic look at the life, legend and lasting influence of a legendary outlaw in this documentary. Born William Henry McCarty and later known as William H. Bonney, Billy the Kid was a petty thief who later joined up with a gang of outlaws and horse thieves, and developed a reputation as a bloodthirsty gunman (which history suggests wasn't truly deserved) when he was shot and killed in 1881 by Pat Garrett, a New Mexico sheriff who knew Billy from his earlier career as a bartender. Billy the Kid's life quickly became the stuff of legend, and filmmaker Feinsilber travels to New Mexico in search of the elusive truth about the outlaw, as well as learning what he means to others. While comparing Billy to such existential poets as Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, the film also looks into the facts of his life as researched Tom Sullivan, a lawman and western history buff in New Mexico. The film also features interviews with Kris Kristofferson and Rudy Wurlitzer, respectively the star and screenwriter of Sam Peckinpah's film PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID as they discuss Billy the Kid as a cultural metaphor and counterculture icon. Requiem for Billy the Kid received its world premiere at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
Requiem For Billy The Kid
is a rather dreamy and strangely haunting documentary concerned with
investigating the myth that Henry McCarty AKA William Bonney AKA Billy the Kid
was never gunned down by Pat Garrett; but actually lived out the rest of his
days in peace and to a ripe old age.
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Theatrical Release: May 20th, 2006 - Cannes Film Festival
DVD Review: Park Circus - Region 2 - PAL
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The progressive and 2.35:1 anamorphic image on the Park Circus DVD looks solid for a single-layered transfer. It's been released in other DVD editions - one in France (forced French subs?) and also in a pricey US version by Kino ('nuff said). This UK release exports the film's image with impressive range scenery - colorful and bright - and excellent quality vintage photographic stills. The image is also very clean. Close-ups show quite decent, if not stellar, detail.
The 2.0 channel audio is unremarkable but does the job in consistently presenting the film's narration and direct dialogue. There are no optional subtitles and the disc is coded for region 2 in the PAL standard. Supplements consist of a Stills Gallery and a 1.5 minute theatrical trailer.
This is a wonderful investigatory documentary with keen insight into its premise about William Bonney. The inclusion of other film clips of Paul Newman (two), from either the 1955 TV episode 'The Death of Billy the Kid' and/or 'The Left Handed Gun', and Kris Kristofferson (PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID) as well as the latter's narration make for highly interesting storytelling - reminiscent of great westerns.