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8 October 2016
Dances with Wolves
“They meet at first in the middle of the prairie, holding themselves formally and a little awkwardly, the Calvary Officer and the Sioux Indians. There should be instant mistrust between them, but they take other’s measure and keep an open mind. A civilized man is a person whose curiosity outweighs his prejudices, and these are curious men,” the great critic Roger Ebert wrote. Additionally, not only did the Sioux Indians have, mistrust in him, but also a special friendship and respect was gained in Dunbar.
BANG! and we are hooked. Like the old fisherman, daily, silently maneuvering his old wooden vessel to his favorite spot, this was a special morning to him, as the water was completely still, reflecting the trees and colors of the leaves, like a very detailed oil painting. Much reflection of the beauty of the shoreline from the water. Tying his favorite lure, casting as close to where the two shorelines met in this pristine picture, splash his lure barely touched the water when the biggest bass he has ever seen engulfed his lure. He was on, Roger Ebert tells you bits and pieces of the movie very cleverly not telling you what is going to happen. Ebert says, “In a sense ‘Dances with Wolves’ is a sentimental fantasy, a what if movie that imagines a world in which whites were genuinely interest in learning about a Native American culture that lived more closely in harmony with Native Americans culture than others, before or since.” Claiming the movie to be a simple story, magnificently told. I take this as an argument with a clear message to the viewer that “Dances with Wolves” is well worth your time to see. likecontacts hardly ever took place. The dominant American culture was nearsighted, “incurious and racist, and saw the Indians as a race of ignorant, thieving savages fit to be shot on sight, claiming such attitudes surviving until recently in our society. But our knowledge of how things turned out – of how the Indians were driven from their lands by genocide and theft – casting a bad shadow over everything. Roger Ebert goes on to say, “There are some of the plot points we would expect in a story like this. The buffalo hunt thrillingly photographed, the bloody fight with a hostile tribe and the inevitable love story between Dunbar and Stands with a Fist, all being done with an eye for detail, with a respect for tradition, and with a certain sweetness of disposition.
It is nearly impossible to find anything wrong in an Ebert review. I feel it is a perfectly written review and yes the movie was well worth seeing, more than once. Every time you see the movie the more details you pick up on. I love being outside and this film I could not have enjoyed more when Dunbar gives respect to everything in his surroundings, he is what todays Environmentalists should aspire to be like.
In honor of Roger Joseph Ebert, June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013, was as American film critic and historian, journalist, screen writer and author. In 1975, Ebert became the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
Eugene Hal ‘Gene’ Siskel, January 26, 1946 – February 20, 1999, was an American film critic and journalist for the Chicago Tribune. Along with Roger Ebert hey hosted a series of popular review shows from 1975 – 1999.
They became famous with more than 1,000 TV programs, reviewing more than 5,000 movies. ‘Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down’ was their ingenious way of saying a good movie or a bad movie. I used to love “At the Movies” with two reviewers criticizing movies together. If there was a dispute over a thumb up or thumb down, look out you may think you are getting set up at the front row of a great boxing match as two of them would really go at it. Finally agreeing for a ‘thumbs up or thumbs down’.
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