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Influential to other films, but forgotten by audiences.


Obviously, Dances With Wolves started the trend in 1990. A couple of similar films exploring the relationship between Native Americans and colonist came soon after. Those films probably got a green light because of Dances With Wolves, but stylistically, 1991's Black Robe seems to be the more influential film. The lighting, attention to historical accuracy, and brutality are seen again the next year in The Last of the Mohicans and 1492: Conquest of Paradise. 1492 and 2005's The New World both blatantly borrow the opening credits from Black Robe. I would also argue that The New World's production design was influenced by this film, although they went to greater extremes of naturalism and ultimately made a better film.

Just a shout out to this fine film. People seem to have forgotten it, but anyone who counts The Revenant, Last of the Mohicans, The New World, or Dances With Wolves among their favorites will be similarly impressed by this minor classic.

All it would really take is for Criterion to release this movie on Blu-Ray, and there will be another round of flattering reviews and a new generation of eyes will discover this handsomely made, stirring adventure film.

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People seem to have forgotten it, but anyone who counts The Revenant, Last of the Mohicans, The New World, or Dances With Wolves among their favorites will be similarly impressed by this minor classic.
Definitely. This is one of those films, perhaps regular film goers of the time, just didn't realise what they were missing out on, by not attending. 🐭

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