Re: The Black Robe

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Posted by MMMMarcia on March 27, 1999 at 07:58:54:

In Reply to: Re: The Black Robe posted by Eich on March 27, 1999 at 04:26:58:

He-Who-Can't-Spell-His-Own-Name Wrote:
: Yes, I've seen it. We have a video copy at home. I'm not sure if it's a washed-out copy or what, but the color is so drab & dreary that right off the bat it gives me a depressing feeling!

Dear He,

>I agree entirely. I don't think your copy is washed out at all. The movie seemed utterly gray to me...almost as though it were filmed in black & white, but without even that sharp contrast. I thought perhaps it was filmed that way intentionally, to be in keeping with the relentlessly grim theme.

: The movie surely has strong points, and, in many ways, is very realistic. It lacks, I feel, power. It didn't evoke any real emotion from me, other than depression.

>Again, I saw it the same way. While I found it interesting, it really never pulled me into the story, and never gave me a single memorable character to hold in my heart after the film's end.

: Aahh ... here I really disagree ... I've made this point before ... "Dances With Wolves," in my opinion, portrays the LAKOTA very realistically. It is an ethno-centric film. In that sense, it reflects the American Indian tribes views, in that each tribe felt that they were the center of the world, or, "The People." From THEIR eyes, the Pawnee & Americans were the evil & savage enemy. Yet, within their tribe, there was laughter & courage & sensitivity. I thought this aspect of the movie was its strongest point!

>The beautiful cinematography didn't hurt, either.

: I think it's a good movie to see, as long as you have a Happy Pill to take immediately following!

>Good point! I do think the film worth watching, for the history and realism, but was really a downer for me, as evidenced by the fact that I couldn't bring myself to watch it a second time. That's almost unheard of for me, as I really love to watch a good film at least two or three times. Once to immerse myself in the story, and then a couple more times to study lighting, camera angles, special effects, etc. Then there are those "special" movies that become a part of one's life and need to be seen over and over and over...and I don't need to tell anyone here that LOTM is definitely one of those.


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