Dances with Wolves
Dances With Wolves is a Western classic. What is your favorite Western and why?
My favorite Western is High Noon with Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. The cast, the screen play, the music, the supporting actors, the way it looks…it is a perfect movie.
Besides Dances with Wolves…The Magnificent Seven..A great, talented and handsome cast…Brynner (yummy), Wallach, Bronson, Vaughn, Coburn, McQueen and Dexter…The unforgetable theme music..costumes…the attitudes…Besides that it’s based on one of my favorite Japanese movies directed by Kurosawa, The Seven Samuri starring Toshiro Mifune.
Wahoo, I just checked the schedule and noticed my favorite Western, the Magnificent Seven will be shown on May 23, 2009, @ 9. Now how cool is that!
My favorite western IS Dances with Wolves. Nothing comes close except for the 1970’s A Man Called Horse. DWW is perfect as far as I’m concerned. A beautiful, wonderful film that I love dearly. It will always be one of my very favorites. I’ve seen it 4 times, & will watch it again whenever it is shown. There are parts that make me cry (espe- cially when the soldiers shoot 2 Socks) & the ending; when you realize that the Indians will lose their sacred land that they love and care for & that the white people will destroy & exploit everything. Trying to erase an entire culture as the whites tried to do was nothing less than pure evil. It is this country’s Holocaust. What the white people did to the Natives and to the country is shameful & disgusting & it makes me feel ashamed to even be white. The Natives have all the answers & if I lived back then I would have joined them too. Their way of life was wonderful. I could only imagine how peaceful & pleasent (most of the time)it would’ve been to live then as the Natives did & I thought about that as I watched John Dunbar view the village from the top of a hill when he first decides to visit. I discovered how totally wrong history was towards the Native Americans when I saw a Man Called Horse. I realized how dis-gusting it was that white people never tried to really understand the Natives & how greedy & revolting they were in their treatment of the Indians, the animals & the land. I am so glad that finally people are recognising the truth & learning to value & respect the Native ways. They may be the only way to save our planet. Surely, white man’s ways will not solve any of our problems – they only create more.
Dances with Wolves is also my favorite Western. It’s about a man on apiritual journey, forming a worthwhile identity that he can live with (as opposed to his attempted suicide at the beginning). I don’t necessarily believe all Native American life was idyllic, but certainly Western European culture can learn a lot from the red people, as Elizabeth Wagner suggested.
I tend to like alternative Westerns: Blazing Saddles, Cat Ballou, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, plus “borderline” Westerns like The Rainmaker and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Some traditional or semi-traditional Westerns I like, like The Big Country or How the West Was Won. I like Westerns with strong female characters. I can’t stand John Wayne: he stands for unquestioned, unquestioning white male superiority. He’s the exact opposite of Lt. John Dunbar, aka Dances with Wolves.
One of my favorite is “Unforgiven” Clint Eastwood as William Muddy. Great cast M. Freeman, G Hackman… I have seen it a few times over the years but, did not recall the name. saw the show on another channel, You were very good. A lot of information. Another favorite is “Broken Trail”. with Robert Duvall. PS I DO NOT like John Wayne he just plays himself, NOT an actor.