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In Reply to: RE: "First Cow:" as American a film as you can imagine, by posted by tinear on January 30, 2021 at 12:41:51
Filmed at Grand Ronde, and evidently on the Grand Ronde Indian reservation. I thought it a good story, but amateurly done. I was kind and rated it two stars.
OK, let me give some props regarding this film. The main character actor and the cow did a great job. The main character's sidekick must have been a time traveler? He was far to cocky and modern for a Asian back then. Bruce Lee does the middle 1800's. Same for the first nation actors. Indians, Blacks, and Asians were mostly second class and often abused.
Makes me wonder if the producers who appeared to be Asian companies for the most part required this?
If you enjoyed it that is all that matters. I thought it was just a OK film based on a interesting story.
a labor-type guy, i.e. a stereotypical railway worker. In other words, he was an individual. "Cocky and modern:" I doubt all Chinese fit the stereotype of Hollywood: acquiescent, quiet, docile--- cow-like? He was a man, just like any other.
I don't buy it.
Western, and to me the depiction of the West was terrifically accurate--- "Silverado" or "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" were surpassed, in that regard--- and that's saying something.
Remind me what film did Wayne kill all those Indians?
by Wayne; his hatred takes him to a place where he would kill his own niece. Yeah, he's the hero. It's John Wayne, after all. "Stagecoach:" "Like most Westerns of the era, its depiction of Native Americans as simplistic savages has been criticized." wikipedia
I'm not going to search through all Wayne's westerns and do a body count. I think we can agree many died from his rifle and he survived against great odds in every film.
that reichardt talks about the museum being in at Grand Ronde used to be the elementary school. My wife taught school there for several years about 20 years ago. It's an interesting building with large round windows. I read that the film was shot on Sauvie Island, Oxbow Park, McIver Park, etc, but didn't see anything about it being shot on the GR reservation.
Interesting. I might be wrong about the reservation. There was a thanks to them, so I assumed so. Perhaps some of the actors were from the tribe? I didn't know it was shot in Oregon for sure till the end. I stuck around for the credits because it looked familiar.
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