Friday, June 06, 2008

Broken Arrow

Story of a white man ("american") who meets with Cochise (Jeff Chandler, a swell guy I am sure but emphatically not an Apache) to arrange safe passage for mail. The basic facts are more or less correct (let's not dwell on the creepy love story between middle-aged Jimmy Stewart and teen Debra Paget - even the script goes out of its way to make clear that the Apache maiden is of age) but modern viewers will note some omissions. Stewart's character makes a big deal out of how this treaty is not going to be broken and as far as Cochise ever knew it wasn't, dying of natural causes not much later, but the whites started ignoring it soon enough. In 1950, this was the first movie to try to be sympathetic to indians. Photography and color are first rate.

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