Harkening back to that remote time in history where violence in film was a central subject of vitriol and debate, the films of Sam Peckinpah were met with some of the most heated scorn. His outsider status surely lent him a morose reputation, but it’s hard to say where we’d be without directors like Peckinpah challenging the conservative representation of onscreen bloodshed. The daring contributions of the director are put under thick scrutiny in this BBC discussion from 1976, in which Peckinpah fends off a probing, and condescending, interviewer full of loaded questions. Peckinpah’s incisiveness about the collective cruelty of man—he refers to violence in society as “our cancer”—is woefully taken for granted, but the ever-wise director never loses his cool over all the passive-aggressive stabs—as if he knew his films would be vindicated and realized someday.