Re: The Black Robe

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Posted by Chris on March 27, 1999 at 11:11:15:

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

: 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!

Hi Rich,

You make a very interesting point here, one I had never considered before. My biggest complaint with the movie (which I really did like) was that it was just as unrealistic as all the cowboy and indian movies in the past. Instead of all the cowboys being "good" and all the indians being "bad," (notice the punctuation, Elaine) this was just as unrealistic in reverse. If we were supposed to see the relationships through the eyes of the Lakota, why was the story told through the eyes of (Kevin Costner's character)? You can't just jump from POV to POV without some explanation.


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