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  Call for Roundtable Participants-James Landis The Sadist 


       Deadline for submission: November 15, 2006


       the 29th Annual Meeting of the

       Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Associations

       February 13–16, 2008

       Hyatt Regency Albuquerque

       Albuquerque , New Mexico


The area chairs for Trangressive Cinema are seeking participants for a roundtable discussion on 

James Landis’ 1963, The Sadist. Like Terrence Malick’s Badlands a decade later, The Sadist 

takes its story from real-life mass-murdering Romeo and Juliet, Charlie Starkweather and  

Caril Fugate.  The Sadist also features cult actor Arch Hall Jr. (Eegah!) as half of the homicidal 

couple.   Along with his insane girlfriend, he makes his way across the country picking victims at 

random.  Three people driving into Los Angeles for a Dodgers game have car trouble and pull off 

into an old service station and junkyard for repairs.  Unfortunately, this is also where Hall has 

decided to come off the road, and he manipulates and finally murdersthem just as he had the 

owners.  This film was a major influence on QuentinTarantino script for Oliver Stone’s 1994 film, Natural Born Killers; the similarities are uncanny.  As the inaugural film in the 

Starkweather/Fugate cycle, The Sadist is a key text in a modern folktale of a type only exceeded 

By the Manson murders.  With striking cinematography by Vilmos  Zsigmond—who would

later win an Oscar for his camera work—The Sadist provides a glimpse  at Trangressive Cinema in its most pure form.  As a surprisingly accomplishedfilm, it is our hope that The Sadist will 

provide a springboard for discussion about exploitation cinema, mass murderers as cultural icons, and transgression as a concept, among other related topics.





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