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Per Oscarsson obituary

Swedish actor best known for the 1966 film Hunger

Per Oscarsson, who has died aged 83, was perhaps the only leading Swedish actor who never worked with Ingmar Bergman. This might have been by accident rather than design, although Oscarsson was known for his manic performances, whereas Bergman's men were usually placid. In other words, Oscarsson was more Klaus Kinski than Max Von Sydow.

Oscarsson's most memorable role was in Sult (Hunger, 1966) as Pontus, a bespectacled, penniless and starving young writer in Norway at the end of the 19th century. His complex, agonisingly convincing portrait of a man, ravaged by hunger, whose mind is on the verge of disintegration, split between moments of lucidity and despair, won Oscarsson the best actor award at Cannes and worldwide acclaim.

Hunger was the first all-Scandinavian co-production. Shot in Oslo, it was based on the famous psychological novel by the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun, with a
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The Wild Bunch: No 4

Sam Peckinpah, 1969

Director Sam Peckinpah was considered a spendthrift, a loose cannon, and a failure by the time he shot The Wild Bunch in 1968. His last feature, Major Dundee, had been an acrimonious experience. It had been released in a brutally truncated and mutilated form to middling reviews. In the interim Peckinpah had regained a measure of respect for his beautiful TV adaptation of Katherine Anne Porter's 1937 novel Noon Wine. It is the least seen of his great works, and demonstrated, at the time, that he was not the madman of recent legend (not that there wasn't plenty of legendary madness to come).

Offered the screenplay for The Wild Bunch, he tore it apart with a vengeance, retrofitting it to accommodate his own key concerns and themes: men out of time facing obsolescence and death (it could easily be called No Country for Old Men); violence as a ballet
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Director Jimmy Hayward On Set Interview Jonah Hex – Read or Listen Here

When you think of a movie studio that’s loaded with talent and ripe for the picking, you think Pixar. After all, the studio that only makes awesome movies is a hot bed of talent and tons of animators and behind the scenes people have made the transition to being a director or a screenwriter. So when Jimmy Hayward was named director of Jonah Hex, while some of us might have been surprised, most were willing to take a chance on the first time live-action director.

And when I was on the set of Jonah Hex almost a year ago today, I felt that Jimmy Hayward was cool and comfortable behind the camera and he had a clear vision for what he wanted to see on screen. While on set he talked about going for the PG-13 rating, how he got the job, his influences for Jonah Hex, shooting scope,
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