The Stolen Horse

This is a wonderful piece of film! It has been a long time since I’ve featured anything from the movie “Dances With Wolves”. Last year I wrote two articles on the film. One was about what I like about the film, and the other one was why I don’t like it! For one thing it is very violent. But there is alot about the culture of First Nations people here and in the rest of the movie.

In this piece, the main character, Lt. Dunbar, has his horse stolen. If you haven’t seen the film then I won’t give the rest away. When it begins, watch Lt. Dunbar’s connection with the wolf. The horses thundering is so cool! Then the First Nations character, Wind in His Hair, challenges Lt. Dunbar to prove he is not afraid of him. I love hearing the Lakota language!

Wind in His Hair, is basically yelling, “I am Wind in His Hair, and I am not afraid of you! Do you see? I am not afraid of you!” Later in the film they become good friends.

By the way, ever wonder why First Nations men of the past went to war, without their shirts on? It wasn’t so much of wanting to be cool or macho (some places may have been hot though). They knew that if they were hit by any projectile, such as an arrow, knife, bullet, or javelin, with having a shirt on – it would force the fabric into the wound, and cause an infection. So they avoided shirts to avoid infection.

Have a great weekend!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

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Dances with Wolves – The Wedding

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Happy Valentines Day!

I thought about this film last night and wanted to share it with you. I first posted it last year. First Nations people speak their language as a young couple is married! I love hearing Lakota!

This is a beautiful piece of film towards the end of the movie. It begins with the giving of gifts so that the main character, (formerly Lt. Dunbar) can get married. He keeps checking to see if his gifts have been accepted. Then he talks with a friend, Wind in His Hair, the very same person that had charged at him, and yelled at him, in the beginning of the film. Now they are friends.  Then there is the wedding!

When you watch this short piece keep an eye out for two things. First there is the narration done by the main character (Dances with Wolves), on what it’s like getting married. It’s very nice. Secondly there is a feeling of what it was like living in a village. Beautiful!

Blessings to everyone, and PEACE!

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Dances with Wolves – What I Don’t Like About the Movie

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Dances with Wolves, 1990 – A Mini-Review Part I.

To be honest it’s about a white guy. The movie centers around the main character, to the point of us missing out on getting to know more of the other characters in the movie. Not only is the Kevin Costner character important in the film, but he rescues the Lakota! He saves them. This is not only unlikely but awkward!

There is a self-centeredness in this movie. On the one hand, his writing in a diary is interesting, but it tends to draw the viewer further into the importance of one character. Hearing more of what the Native Americans think would have made the film better. The story could be told from the Native American viewpoint.

I also have an issue with the violence. It probably is realistic, but it seems to be more about selling tickets than depicting reality. It seems that Hollywood is interjecting values, such as, there must be a conflict in order to tell a good story. Do we really need that much conflict? However, in the final battle with the Pawnee, there are some good things said about this type of warfare. This kind of fighting is said to be about protecting families, and provisions for the winter, instead of having a political agenda. I get that.

One final aspect I don’t like about the film is when it begins, and ends. The film should begin once the main character is on the prairie, or at least en-route there. The beginning of the film with the Civil War scenes, his being decorated (again as a hero!), the commander committing suicide, are all unnecessary, and do not add to the film. A good place to start the film would be once he arrives at the fort that has been abandoned.

For me, the film should end when Ten Bears (the chief) is holding a Spanish helmet, talking about defending the land, and they will continue to do so. After that point, there is a lot of violence that does not add to the film, or the story. It goes downhill from there. The ending is somewhat embarrassing, with the main character being a wonderful hero in an unrealistic way. If you ever read the book, the ending is much better, and a whole lot more believable.

I’ll write more next time on what I do like about the film! I have included a short trailer in order to provide some beautiful images that the film has. You will notice right away though the emphasis, or what I call the over emphasis, on the main character.

 

 

 

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