A Man Called Horse (1970)

19 Jan

A powerful and unique movie.
Not a Favorite, but worthy.

Tim Neath - Visual Artist

A Man Called Horse (1970)A few months ago I was reading a book at work about the depiction of Native Americans in the western genre. There was a chapter that discussed a revisionist western where an Englishman is captured and assimilated into their culture over the course of the film. Observing how this was dealt with in comparison to others in the past which were treated more as rescue stories, returning the captured white man back to civilised society. Whilst also considering the damage that their time with a native trie will do to the individual, will they be scared and damaged as we found this horrifyingly in The Searchers (1956), or should they be abandoned or shot in Two Rode Together (1961), these are just two examples of a discussion that was going on in the 19th century. The effect of one primitive culture on a more advanced one (as we…

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2 Responses to “A Man Called Horse (1970)”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong January 19, 2015 at 7:03 pm #

    I loved the book and liked the movie because it was a fairly good interpretation of the book. Richard Harris gave quite a performance. Not a favorite either, but still a worthwhile one to watch.

    • jcalberta January 21, 2015 at 8:30 am #

      Somewhat controversial in it’s day due to some of the brutally realistic scenes – particularly the Initiation scene. Probably not that easy to watch even now. And possibly why its shown so very infrequently on TV.
      Always liked Harris – definitely had Star Power too.

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