The Exiles

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Overview

The independently produced The Exiles was warmly received at the 1966 Venice Film Festival, then inexplicably fell into obscurity. This is a shame: though made 30 years ago, the issues raised by the film are just as potent and powerful today. The story concerns a trio of young Native Americans who decide to leave the reservation. Once they've reached Los Angeles, the three protagonists find themselves just as lost and isolated as they would have been in the middle of the desert. Non-professionals Yvonne Williams,...
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Overview

The independently produced The Exiles was warmly received at the 1966 Venice Film Festival, then inexplicably fell into obscurity. This is a shame: though made 30 years ago, the issues raised by the film are just as potent and powerful today. The story concerns a trio of young Native Americans who decide to leave the reservation. Once they've reached Los Angeles, the three protagonists find themselves just as lost and isolated as they would have been in the middle of the desert. Non-professionals Yvonne Williams, Homer Nish and Tommy Reynolds offer strong, naturalistic performances; in fact, they don't seem to be acting at all, but instead living their parts.
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Special Features

Four short films directed by Kent Mackenzie including Bunker Hill 1956; Clips from Thom Andersen's masterpiece, Los Angeles Plays Itself; Commentary track: Watching The Exiles with author Sherman Alexie and critic Sean Axmaker; Last Day of Angels Flight, a short film by Robert Kirste; Bunker Hill: A tale of Urban Renewal, a short film by Greg Kimble; WNYC's The Leonard Lopate Show with Presenters Sherman Alexie and Charles Burnett; Downloadable PDF films (DVD-ROM): The Mackenzie Files: The papers of Kent Mackenzie including his master's thesis on the making of The Exiles; The "lost" Jug Band Man script- Kent Mackenzie's unfinished last film and more!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/2009
  • UPC: 784148010946
  • Original Release: 1961
  • Rating:

  • Source: Milestone Video
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:12:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 41,237

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tommy Reynolds
Homer Nish
Yvonne Williams
Technical Credits
Kent MacKenzie Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Warren Brown Editor
Thomas Conrad Editor
Erik Daarstad Cinematographer, Editor
Dennis Doros Producer
Robert Hafner Score Composer
Amy Heller Producer
Anthony Hilder Score Composer
Bob Kaufman Cinematographer
Noram Knowles Score Composer
John Merril Cinematographer
Thomas Miller Editor
Beth Pattrick Editor
The Revells Score Composer
Eddie Sunrise Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Exiles
1. Opening Credits [:51]
2. "A Little Child of My Own" [4:46]
3. "I Don't Want to Cut Your Ear Off" [4:12]
4. "Man, It's the Same Thing All Over Again" [4:42]
5. Dear Homer [4:53]
6. Double Crisp [5:23]
7. "We'll Dance All Night" [4:58]
8. 3rd Street Tunnel [5:06]
9. At the Columbine Bar [7:55]
10. "I Don't Say My Prayers Sometimes" [8:00]
11. "It's Cool Up On Hill X" [7:28]
12. Morning Comes to Bunker Hill [10:21]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Exiles
   Play Movie
   Scene Index
   Special Features
      The 2008 Theatrical Trailer
      Bunker Hill 1956 Courtesy of USC Moving Image Archive
      Los Angeles Plays Itself - Clips From Thom Andersen's Masterpiece Courtesy of the Filmmaker
      Audio Bonus Features
         Watching The Exiles Wwith Sherman Alexie and Sean Axmaker
         Audio Of The Exiles' Los Angeles Opening Night At UCLA, Courtesy Of UCLA Film & Television Archive
Disc #2 -- The Exiles
   Special Features
      A Skill For Molina, Courtesy Of NARA
      Story Of a Rodeo Cowboy, Courtesy Of the Mackenzie Family
      Ivan and His Father, Courtesy Of Gary Goldsmith
      Robert Kirste's Last Day of Angels Flight, Courtesy Of AMPAS and the Kirste Family
      Bunker Hill: A Tale Of Urban Renewal, Directed By Greg Kimble
      White Fawn's Devotion: The First Native American Film, Courtesy Of the Library of Congress
      DVD-ROM: The Mackenzie Files
   Audio Bonus Features
      Sherman Alexie and Sean Axmaker Second Interview
      The Leonard Lopate Show With Sherman Alexie and Charles Burnett, Courtesy of WNYC
   Gallery
   Credits
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Film-making Gem

    If you enjoy Los Angeles history and the art of film-making, The Exiles is a gem. A short documentary about Native Americans living in the lost Los Angeles downtown neighborhood of Bunker Hill, the film is a snapshot of urbanized Native Americans between 1958 and 1961. The film is also a specimen of the art of film-making in a fashion ahead of its time. Film-maker Kent Mackenzie did not live to see his film recognized for what is it worth. The film was recently rediscovered and restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archives. Several other film shorts are included in the DVD as well as related manuscripts including Mackenzie's thesis to earn his degree in Film at the University of Southern California.

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