Monday, November 8, 2010

Movies -- New Canadian Documentary on Hollywood Indians

By Ruth Ellen Gruber

There's a new (or newish -- I think it came out last year) documentary out about the depiction of Native Americans in the movies. It's called Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian. It's made by a Cree filmmaker with the (iconic? ironic?) name of Neil Diamond.

The movie goes over territory treated in several books, including the landmark "Playing Indian" by Philip J. Deloria.

From first glance at the web site and trailers, it looks interesting (and fun) but seems not to touch the important depiction of Native Americans in the West German Winnetou movies -- or the East German Indianer films (or any other European contruct).

The National Film Board of Canada, which sponsored the movie, has a more sober trailer:

Interestingly -- the National Film Board also sponsored an earlier documentary -- "If Only I Were an Indian"  (1995)-- that looks at Native American hobbyists in the Czech Republic.

1 comment:

Dana said...

Ha!!! They have Gojko in there in at least 2 different shots and do not mention his name!!!! - I saw the trailer on pbs en passant without picking up the name of the film... I thought I'd seen Gojko - on US tv - a hallucination? Now I'm glad that, yes, it was him... I hope they give him credit as a fake Native at least in the film. Greetings again from dana