Re: Another Michael Mann Interview ...

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Posted by Danalee Lavelle-Burroughs on February 17, 2000 at 11:31:25:

In Reply to: Another Michael Mann Interview ... posted by Elaine on February 17, 2000 at 10:59:24:

Elaine, thanks for the link! I found Mann's comments about Dennis Banks playing Joseph Brandt intriguing. I'm going to have to re-listen to the DVD this weekend because I could have sworn Hawkeye refers to this character as 'Uncle Nokomis' or something similar. I didn't equate that character with Brandt at all. Brandt was a peacock and ardent supporter of the British until he realized the Crown was only protecting their own interests and not those of their native supporters led by Brandt. Brandt eventually led his people to Canada where a frontier still existed. The character in the film Mann here attributes as being Brandt seems too weary and defeatest--not my vision of Brandt anyhow. I certainly agree with Mann's comments on Wes' contribution to the film--he should have gotten an Oscar--he was the most convincing actor in the film. His face did speak volumes. Personally, I feel Russell was under utilized. His character's angst over his son's interest in the White woman, not to mention that whole angle, could have added more spice to the whole film. I found out yesterday that Russell Means ran for President of the US on the Libertarian Party ticket back in 1988. This June he will be a featured speaker at the Libertarian Party convention in Los Angeles... Thanks, Elaine, for steering us towards the interview.

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