The ds106 99: #54 What about the children?

The Wild Bunch: The kids are allright

One of my favorite subtexts running throughout The Wild Bunch is the constant framing of the children in this film as part and parcel of the world’s violence. They grow up in it, they learn it, they love it. It isn’t necessarily presented as a tragedy either, more like a small menace that will one day get bigger and take over (makes me think of Omar’s death in The Wire). So this animated GIF tells the tale of the kids in scene which directly follows the opening sequence which features a bloody massacre of innocent people engineered by the railroad goons. And the kids are playing shoot ’em up in between the fresh bodies—shot in slow motion, just like most of the violence in the film. I love the The Wild Bunch!

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