Re: Comments on '92 Interview

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Posted by Elaine on January 05, 1999 at 08:55:42:

In Reply to: Comments on '92 Interview posted by Janis on January 04, 1999 at 20:55:48:

: Something always rubs me the wrong way when I read an Eric Schweig interview (although, admittedly, there are few). His anti-white rantings just sound like so much propaganda from an old Billy Jack movie. The comment about"gratuitous violence" in LOTM was off base. Did he think the French and Indian War was nice?? Did he not know that Indigenous Americans fought brutal wars with each other for centuries before the Europeans came? Isn't that one of the reasons the Europeans recruited various tribes as allies?

: Here is my opinion. Mr. Schweig was a handsome young man of passable talent who happened to get a part in a remarkable movie. It strikes me as quite dorky that he is prouder of his role in The Broken Chain (melodramatic mush and quite violent!) than in LOTM. He has the same opportunity as anyone to rewrite history from behind the camera; just borrow some money and make a movie! In the meantime, I hope he has gotten off the whiny victim track.

: Janis

Hi Janis,

Thanks for posting your comments on the '92 interview. For what it's worth, you're not alone in your assessments. We pretty much felt the same way when we first read that interview. The comments about the violence were VERY off base. There was nothing "gratuitous" about it. Russell Means goes even further, calling the scene in the Huron Village the "African Village Scene" ... as if the depiction of violence was merely a "white" Hollywood fantasy motivated by racism. Obviously, many wish to cling (and sell) to the revisionist picture of a North American Eden prior to Europeans' arrival.

The Broken Chain; Again, I'd agree with you! (Melodramatic mush? Yes!) I can not understand its appeal. A poor film that is much overrated ...

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