Billy the Kid

American cinema, and politics, take center stage at Rome Film Festival

American cinema, and politics, take center stage at Rome Film Festival

Nearly every movie that played at the 11th annual Rome Film Festival was preceded by a brief clip from a Hollywood western: a montage of troubled faces marking the climactic hour in “High Noon,” Joan Crawford staring down Mercedes McCambridge in “Johnny Guitar.” Those who attended an Oct. 16 retrospective screening of 1973’s “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” were treated, appropriately enough, to a scene from the breathless finale of another Sam Peckinpah classic, “The Wild Bunch.”

A particular favorite of the festival’s artistic director, Antonio Monda, “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” made for...

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