Posted by Dave S. on July 06, 1998 at 21:56:45:
In Reply to: Re: Questions posted by Tom on July 06, 1998 at 00:35:17:
"I agree with you on "Dances with Wolves" pure Hollywood drivel. Good Indians, bad Indians, and the white man who stands above them all... Yes, the Lakota are portrayed as commune living, new age eagle scouts with a bent for ecology. The Pawnees are portrayed as the kind of bloodthirsty savages that would make any filmmaker from the 1930's proud... You can't have the Lakota raiding and taking captives in the world of Dances with Wolves...The Pawnees served as scouts for the US Army not out of love for the white man but because they needed help against he Sioux who stole their hunting grounds and killed their women and children.
"...the ponderous, high-minded "Dances with Wolves."
Alright, Tom! Good stuff! Wish I could E-mail you a virtual tall cold one. Ponderous is right. I knew I was in trouble from the opening scene, when Costner throws his arms wide and rides suicidally between the opposing lines. Christ-imagery is a subtle-as-a-kick- to-the-groin sign that someone is making Art.
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