Episode Guide Show Notes

Episode 017: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Recorded on Saturday, September 5, 2020

Directed by George Roy Hill, the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid stars Paul Newman as the affable Butch, Robert Redford as the somewhat more cantankerous Sundance, and Katharine Ross as school teacher turned outlaw Etta Place. At the time we meet them, Butch, Sundance and their Hole in the Wall Gang are already established and notorious outlaws, but the sun is quickly setting on their once-wild West. When Mr. E.H. Herriman of the Union Pacific Railroad takes umbrage at the way his trains have been targeted by the gang, he organizes a superposse to track down and kill Butch and Sundance, prompting the two outlaws, along with Etta, to abscond to Bolivia — where, amazingly, they manage for a time to enjoy a wildly successful second act to their criminal careers. But, alas, no one can outrun time forever. 

Marking the finale of Viewfinder Film Club’s first season, this episode also features our very first special guest: Logan Hall, grandson of Butch and Sundance‘s Oscar-winning cinematographer Conrad Hall, ASC. Saddle up, enjoy the ride, and stay tuned for Season 2!


Best Achievement In Cinematography: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” by Herb A. Lightman, American Cinematographer, May 1970

In Memoriam: Conrad L. Hall, ASC (1926-2003) / Artistry and the ‘Happy Accident,’American Cinematographer

From Principal Photography, by Vincent LoBrutto:

LoBrutto: What legacy do you feel you and your work have left for other filmmakers?

Conrad Hall, ASC: Originality. A freedom of expression. The legacy I would like to be remembered by is the passion I gave to that endeavor, the joyous passion of being allowed to tell stories, being infused with the desire to communicate, and to make movies be more fun to do than anything else in life. 

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