Thursday, May 31, 2007

Bury my heart...

I decided back when I started this blog that made-for-tv movies and miniseries would be beyond the scope of this blog. So, there have been movies in between the movies covered in this space. The latest is HBO's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. I just wanted to make a brief mention of it because I thought it was well made and would recommend it to HBO subscribers, or for that matter, eventually to Netflix subscribers. Provided you are willing to get your liberal guilt on, Bury My Heart... is actually an interesting presentation of not only the cultural differences between the United States and the Indian tribes that led to Wounded Knee, but the fundamental philosophical differences. So, leaving aside for a moment the obviously significant atrocities and lying by our government, there was, as the movie shows, a clash of incompatible philosophies, with neither side really able to comprehend the other. Capititalist democracy didn't "get" the native American way of life, and vice-versa. Probably somewhere in there is a lesson about the Middle East.

3 comments:

RBG said...

Finally something I can comment on! Other than Sixteen Candles (and what more can I say, you hit the nail on the head...or however that expression goes) and Spider Man 3, I haven't seen any of the films you've blogged about! But I've enjoyed reading :)

But anyway, I look forward to seeing this on Netflix if it does indeed go their way. Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee is also the title of a song written by Buffy St. Marie and performed by the Indigo Girls.

Brian said...

Funny that the title is a song title, because I kept thinking it sounded like a lyric and imagined a twangy country ballad:

Bury my heaarrrrt
At Wounded Kneeeeeeee!

jefsamp said...

Actually, it was a line of poetry first (19th c.), then a novel (1970) [then the song, and now a film]. I only know this because I picked up a paperback copy off the floor of my dad's apartment when I was, like, 9, and found it impenetrable and sad. I think he was reading it for a community college class. I'll have to check it out.