“Ýou got a lot of words, but you don’t say nothing. You gotta learn to listen before you can see. Listen to this old man here.” A white writer is summoned by a Lakota elder to visit him on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The elder wants him to take his various notes about life and… [Read More]
The paradox of the film is that it simultaneously is a journey from life to death and a journey from death to life.
Since this is part of Sheridan’s American Frontier trilogy, what does this film say about his view of the modern American life and the underlying myth of the American Dream? All three of the films deal with different aspects of the flaws in our society: violence, the inequality of wealth and power, exploitation and victimization.
The Pilgrims and Native Americans have much to teach us in Saints and Strangers—and we still have much to learn.