Film: The Time of Our People

Film: The Time of Our People
VITAL SIGNS\r\nThe Time of\r\nOur People\r\nby H.A. Scott Trash\r\nGeronimo: An American Legend\r\nProduced by Walter Hdl, Neil Canton,\r\nand Columbia Pictures\r\nDirected by Walter Hill\r\nPhotography by Lloyd Ahem\r\nScreenplay by ]ohn Milius\r\nand Larry Gross\r\nIf vou are a lover of film but ha\\'e never\r\nseen Geronimo: An American Legend\r\n(1993), you are missing not only one of\r\nthe best Westerns ever made but a truly\r\ngreat film that deser\\es more recognition\r\nthan it has recei\\ed. The screenpla}',\r\ncasting, directing, cinematographv, and\r\nscore are excellent, and the film skillfull)\r\nexplores a morallv complex issue without\r\nthe melodrama, simplifications, and indignant\r\nmoralism that we have come to\r\nexpect from most HolKwood produc-\r\nHons. It does this by adopHng the device\r\nof multiple points of \\ iew. (I counted\r\nseven.) Two of these points of view —\r\nthose of Geronimo and the Southern\r\nAmerican officer who won his trust and\r\ntalked him into finally surrendering —\r\nhad a particular and powerfid meaning\r\nfor mc.\r\nThe Ghiricahua Apache, led b\\- the\r\nwarrior Go}athla\\- (Geronimo), was the\r\nlast hidian tribe to resist the reservahon\r\npolicy imposed upon them by the U.S.\r\ngovernment. From roughh' 1881 to 1886,\r\nthey waged a hit-and-nm war of attrihou\r\nwith the U.S. Ann}- across the American\r\nSouthwest. The fighting ranged across\r\ndesert, canvon, and mountains in the Arizona\r\nand New Mexico territories and\r\neven...

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