Sunday, March 22, 2009

Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976)

Included as a supplement on the DVD is the original featurette, made by the studio, which lets potential moviegoers in the know. There are scenes of the film's star, Paul Newman, walking around with a cup of coffee in one hand and his script in the other. There are shots of the director, Robert Altman, directing the film's star in the film's final scene.

Sitting Bull is Buffalo Bill's newest diva. He competes only with Buffalo Bill for top billing and biggest ego. Annie Oakley's a star, as well, and from time to time, she lets everyone know that.

A film which is a curiosity at its inception is still a curiosity and an oddity, today. Absent are any Altman quiet moments, which I've grown accustomed to during this vacation. There is perhaps one, but it's lost on me. The scene comes off as a character, an aging star, having a bout of morning DTs. Little resonance beyond that.

This is a film more looked at than watched.

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