"Dances With Wolves" Film Review by Write Fine

"Dances With Wolves"
An analysis of the movie "Dances With Wolves", directed by Kevin Costner.
# 111750 | 1,843 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Jan 29, 2009 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , History (U.S. Civil War 1860-1865)

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The paper analyzes the film "Dances With Wolves", directed by Kevin Costner, and how it uses the western frontier to serve a cultural and political purpose. While "Dances With Wolves" takes place during and just after the American Civil War, it certainly evokes more modern responses to its content and context. The paper notes that the film
represents the western frontier as it was, but also makes specific social commentaries on the behavior of the time, opposed to "politically correct" behavior becoming so popular in the 1980s. The paper comments that the film uses a historic western setting to accomplish very modern objectives, seeing the native Americans and the land they lost for what it really was, and gaining a greater understanding of just what they lost.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aleiss, Angela. Making the White Man's Indian: Native Americans and Hollywood Movies. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2005.
  • Baird, Robert. "13 Going Indian: Discovery, Adoption, and Renaming Toward a "True American," from Deerslayer to Dances with Wolves," In Dressing in Feathers: The Construction of the Indian in American Popular Culture. Edited by Bird, S. Elizabeth, 195-206. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1996.
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  • "1 Reagan's Foreign Policy: an Overview," In President Reagan and the World. Edited by Schmertz, Eric J., Natalie Datlof, and Alexej Ugrinsky, 5-10. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997.
  • Turner, Ralph Lamar, and Robert J. Higgs. The Cowboy Way: The Western Leader in Film, 1945-1995. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.

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