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 â€”\r\nthose of Geronimo and the Southern\r\nAmerican officer who won his trust and\r\ntalked him into finally surrendering â€”\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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