Buffalo Bill and the Indians

Buffalo Bill and the Indians

Or, Sitting Bull's History Lesson

DVD - 2014
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Buffalo Bill starts a Wild West Show, and signs a former enemy. The hysterical clash of cultures reverberates far beyond the theater. The complications multiply when they find out they have to put on a performance for the President of the United States.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
digital,optical,dolby digital
1 videodisc (123 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Sitting Bull's history lesson

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kevinmobrien
Oct 22, 2017

Buffalo Bill and the Indians is a supremely underrated Altman product of the glorious 1970s, his follow-up to Nashville. A fantastic meditation on American cultural auto-mythologization in the service of profit, the integrality of the (then-nascent) entertainment industry and politics, and the deep American Anglo-Saxon racism that served as the ideological underpinning of westward expansion, or to cite Karl Marx, the “so-called primitive accumulation of capital”. Paul Newman delivers a fantastic performance as Buffalo Bill—an artificer desperately trying to stay one step ahead of the fictive forces he has channeled into the commercial enterprise of his traveling wild west show. The second-to-last scene in which Buffalo Bill is driven to the brink of sanity by the presence of Sitting Bull’s rebuking ghost is stunning. All this, and Burt Lancaster, Harvey Keitel, and Shelly Duval, too.

lasertravis Oct 23, 2011

Robert Altman or not, I didn't care for this movie. I give it an average rating because the story was conceptually good and the acting was good. There really wasn't anything I enjoyed about it.

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