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The Hired Hand (Peter Fonda, USA, 1971)

Fonda, touching as an actor, proves astonishing as a director, using a fluid, tactile style to conjure a life lived close to the elements and to sudden death.
— Michael Sragow, New Yorker

Screened in tribute to Peter Fonda (1940 - 2019)

Peter Fonda stars as a man returning to his abandoned farmstead after seven years of drifting from job to job throughout the Southwestern United States - with Verna Bloom as the embittered wife who will only let him stay if he agrees to move in as a hired hand. Fonda's directorial debut is a classic 70s Western up there with the likes of McCabe and Mrs Miller and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. A work dear to Fonda's heart, it's also the film he often spoke of as wishing to be his epitaph.