Film: "Dances with Wolves" Film Review by Nicky

Film: "Dances with Wolves"
Analyzes Kevin Costner's "Dances with Wolves" as an example of a typical western genre film.
# 147868 | 1,125 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Aug 01, 2011 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Native-American Studies (General)

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This paper explains that Kevin Costner's "Dances with Wolves" is a western film popular in the late twentieth century; however, Costner's image of the Sioux tribe as being highly acculturated is a different interpretation of this genre. In this film, the author relates, Costner joins the Sioux tribe instead of being a supporter of the Manifest Destiny and civilizing the tribe to western standards. The paper asserts that, whereas Costner showed the Sioux tribe members as possessing a great amount of intelligence and organizational skills, he did not demonstrate their expression of any kind of feelings.

From the Paper:

"Costner managed to make an extraordinary Western in an era when such films are a thing of the past. Dunbar is presented as a man that loves life and all the good things about it. He expresses a sentiment of extreme pride when he prefers to die rather than have his leg amputated. Most people have returned to their homes after the war with the desire to have a normal life and a well-paid job. Dunbar, in contrast, chooses to remain in the military to protect an abandoned U.S. garrison on the western frontier. Total isolation does not seem strange to Dunbar and he immediately adapts to life in solitude, interacting only with Cisco, his horse, and Two Socks, his wolf."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dances with Wolves. Dir. Kevin Costner. Orion Pictures, 1990.

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