Making The White Man's Indian

Making The White Man's Indian

by Angela Aleiss
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0313361339

ISBN-13: 9780313361333

Pub. Date: 09/05/2000

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The image in Hollywood movies of savage Indians attacking white settlers represents only one side of a very complicated picture. In fact sympathetic portrayals of Native Americans stood alongside those of hostile Indians in the silent films of D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille, and flourished during the early 1930s with Hollywood's cycle of pro-Indian adventures.

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The image in Hollywood movies of savage Indians attacking white settlers represents only one side of a very complicated picture. In fact sympathetic portrayals of Native Americans stood alongside those of hostile Indians in the silent films of D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille, and flourished during the early 1930s with Hollywood's cycle of pro-Indian adventures. Decades later, the stereotype became even more complicated, as films depicted the savagery of whites (The Searchers) in contrast to the more "peaceful" Indian (Broken Arrow). By 1990, the release of Dances with Wolves appeared to have recycled the romantic and savage portrayals embedded in early cinema. In this new study, author Angela Aleiss traces the history of Native Americans on the silver screen, and breaks new ground by drawing on primary sources such as studio correspondence, script treatments, trade newspapers, industry censorship files, and filmmakers' interviews to reveal how and why Hollywood created its Indian characters. Behind-the-scenes anecdotes of filmmakers and Native Americans, as well as rare archival photographs, supplement the discussion, which often shows a stark contrast between depiction and reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313361333
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/05/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
236
Sales rank:
652,691
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Introduction

Hollywood and the Silent American

A Cultural Division

Indian Adventures and Interracial Romances

War and Its Indian Allies

Red Becomes White

A Shattered Illusion

Savagery on the Frontier

Beyond the Western

Conclusion

Appendix A: Motion Pictures Screened

Appendix B: Motion Picture Archives

Selected Bibliography

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