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

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featuring Paul Newman, Joel Grey, Kevin McCarthy, Harvey Keitel, Allan Nicholls

"Truth is whatever gets the loudest applause." Debunking western myths even more than he did in McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), Robert Altman's Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976) sardonically explores the gap between western history and legend in show biz-obsessed America. Megalomaniac "Buffalo Bill" Cody (Paul Newman) assumes the legend created for him by writer Ned Buntline (Burt Lancaster), aided and abetted by his producer (Joel Grey) and his publicist (Kevin McCarthy), perpetuating myths of white triumph over savage "Injuns" in his Wild West show, as audiences cheer him on and buy his merchandise. But when Sitting Bull (Frank Kaquitts) joins the troupe with his interpreter (Will Sampson), his request for authenticity threatens to throw a wrench into the proceedings. Regardless of how Bill may feel about the facts, he must bow to the preferences of the paying public. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi Hide synopsis

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kshimata

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by kshimata on May 19, 2011

The Native Americans get equal attention here. Buffalo Bill puts on his spectacles which glorify the whites. Meanwhile we see the Native Americans trying to cope with the changing world. I enjoyed it but I think it is for a select audience. More

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