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Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture

[Journal of English and American Studies]

Ed. by Butter, Michael / Eckstein, Lars / Frenk, Joachim / Georgi-Findlay, Brigitte / Herbst, Thomas / Korte, Barbara / Leypoldt, Günter / Reinfandt, Christoph / Stefanowitsch, Anatol

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Volume 53, Issue 3


The Layering of History in Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch

Jon-K Adams
Published Online: 2014-04-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zaa-2005-0308


After being ambushed in Starbuck, Texas, the men of the Wild Bunch flee to Mexico where they become involved in the Mexican Revolution. At first they help the federal troops, but later they change sides and try to help the revolutionaries. In addition to the Mexican Revolution, two other wars are layered into the narrative: the First World War and the Vietnam War. This layering of historical events adds depth to the movie by justifying its depiction of violence, especially in the apocalyptic ending, and by establishing an analogy between the Wild Bunch in Mexico and American intervention in Vietnam. In terms of this analogy, the failure of the Wild Bunch to help the peasants in Mexico parallels the failure of America to help the peasants in Vietnam.

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Published Online: 2014-04-15

Published in Print: 2005-07-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Volume 53, Issue 3, Pages 285–290, ISSN (Online) 2196-4726, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zaa-2005-0308.

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