Post by stevenonhudson on Sept 30, 2010 8:58:36 GMT -5
an excerpt from the obituary appearing in today's NY Times:
"By contrast, he seemed to lose his way among the epic ambitions of “Little Big Man” (1970), a sprawling, ironic, anti-western that tried to explain American imperialism through the abstract figure of Jack Crabb (Dustin Hoffman), the sole (though fictional) non-American Indian survivor of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, as he bumbled through a glumly revisionist version of the Old West. After that film’s disappointing reception..."
here's the link to the entire obit, if anyone's interested:
C'mon Dan.. "Best depiction of Custer"? Custer in LBM was something right out of "Blazing Saddles." I saw an interview with Penn several years ago and the man was just this side of Dee Brown in what he knew regarding the Indian Wars.
I did enjoy the movie though... the performances overshadowed the agenda.
Post by stevenonhudson on Oct 2, 2010 7:24:33 GMT -5
I recall really liking LBM when it was released in 1970. Didn't know much about Custer and the LBH back then but I knew enough to know that Richard Mulligan's performance as GAC was way, way over the top. After returning from Montana this summer, I watched it again on DVD and couldn't wait for it to end. It wasn't just the absurd Custer portrayal "...this man is a mule skinner, I'd know a mule skinner anywhere..."but I found the movie rather tedious and boring, hard to do considering the subject matter. but there was some nice cinematography and battle scenes. RIP, Arthur.