Christmas Cheer

Sam [Peckinpah] would simply hole up on the weekends with a whiskey bottle. So we went to him and said, “Come, on, Sam! We’re only a few hours drive from Venice. Let’s go look at the gondolas.” Sam came along. But when he got to his hotel in Venice, he went fatcity11straight upstairs and stayed there.

The next day, in the lobby of the hotel, I ran into Federico Fellini. I told him Sam was upstairs. Fellini insisted on being taken to meet him. He said Peckinpah was one of his favorite directors.

So, we went upstairs. I knocked on Sam’s door. Sam growled, “Who is it?” I said it was me. He said to come in. We walked in. He was lying stark naked on top of his bed with a bottle in his hand. “Sam,” I said, “I’d like you to meet Federico Fellini.”

Sam opened his eyes, sat straight up in bed, said, “Thank you so very much for giving us all those wonderful films,” and fell back on the bed again.

And that was the historic meeting of two great directors.

James Coburn

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4 Responses to “Christmas Cheer”


  1. 1 sally December 19, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    wahoo–a wondrous tale about two of my favorite people — Sam and Federico.

    • 2 bluenred December 19, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      Peckinpah and Robert Altman, compared:

      Lou Lombardo edited for Sam Peckinpah as well as Robert Altman, and once, when he was being interviewed by a pert, fresh-faced young entertainment reporter who asked him to compare the two directors, he leaned back as if to deliver a profundity, and said, “Sam Peckinpah is a prick, and Robert Altman is a cunt.”

      ; )

  2. 3 sally December 20, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Don’t know Lou (?) but Robert Altman is good stuff!


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