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This collection includes the following films about several central figures and events in American history:

SITTING BULL: A depiction of the battle at Little Big Horn is the centerpiece of this classic American western that showcases the trial and near hanging of Calvary Officer Robertson for his sympathy toward Native Americans. The main character, Chief Sitting Bull, becomes the hero when he saves Officer Robertson's life by collaborating with President Grant to offer a pardon on behalf the sympathizer.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: Silent film master D.W. Griffith's first talkie works as a companion piece to his classic BIRTH OF A NATION, providing a detailed biographical sketch of the 16th president.

THE LEGEND OF CUSTER: This program traces General George Armstrong Custer's (Wayne Maunder) colorful and controversial life from his schooling at West Point, through the Civil War, and on to his legendary Indian battles.

DRUMS IN THE DEEP SOUTH: Two West Point classmates find themselves enemies during the Civil War in this story of friendship, conflict, and loyalty.

HEARTS IN BONDAGE: Directed by actor Lew Ayres, the film takes a critical look at the damaging effects of war. As the Civil War breaks out, several men are called into naval battle and forced into a struggle between their civic and familial responsibilities.

YELLOWNECK: When Civil War soldiers desert the army they must battle their way through the treacherous Florida Everglades.

PIONEER WOMAN: A pioneer couple head west in search of a new life. When the husband is killed, the widow must decide whether to go back east, or continue the hard struggle.

VENGEANCE VALLEY: Burt Lancaster stars as a ranch foreman who is continually battling his wayward brother, played by Robert Walker, in this melodramatic tale of the western range.

THE YOUNG LAND: When bully Hopper kills a Mexican in a barroom brawl, the townsfolk want his head. Pat Wayne (John's son) plays the sheriff who makes sure justice is done.
  • Title: AMERICAN FRONTIER (3D)
  • Director:
  • Year: 1930
  • Runtime: 783M
  • Rating: NR
  • Language: English
  • Closed Captioned: N
  • 777966881799
  • Item Number: SCL088179D

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  The year is 1911, and there is hardly a Native American tribesman left in the wilds. Ishi is a Yahi tribesman who is discovered raiding a slaughterhouse. When Doctor Kroeber and his wife Henriette learn of Ishi's existence, they become intrigued and embark on a mission to find out the secrets of the Yahi Indians before they are extinct.

 

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  • Title: THE LAST OF HIS TRIBE
  • Actor/Actress: Jon Voight, Graham Greene, Anne Archer
  • Director: Harry Hook
  • Year: 1992
  • Runtime: 90M
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Language: English
  • Color: Y
  • Closed Captioned: N
  • 026359069321
  • Item Number: HBD090693D

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  This documentary is ostensibly about a Wyoming high school basketball team. But as the Wyoming Indian High School Chiefs are made up of Native Americans it also encompasses broader issues of race and identity, making for illuminating viewing.

 

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  • Title: CHIEFS
  • Director:
  • Year: 0
  • Language: English
  • Closed Captioned: N
  • 880215103198
  • Item Number: LIF001031D

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  America had not thoroughly explored the Louisiana Purchase obtained from Napoleon's France until Thomas Jefferson sent his secretary on an expedition through the territory. Merriweather Lewis enlisted his friend William Clark to lead the journey with him and in 1804 they set out to explore this massive tract of land. Eventually the pair was joined by Toussaint Charbonneau and his Indian wife, Sacagawea, who proved to be a valuable interpreter of the native languages. Lewis and Clark were presumed dead until their return to St. Louis in 1806. This National Geographic presentation examines this important adventure in American history. Narrated by Jeff Bridges, a veteran western actor.
  • Title: LEWIS & CLARK-GREAT JOURNEY WEST
  • Director:
  • Year: 2002
  • Rating: NR
  • Language: English
  • Color: Y
  • Closed Captioned: CC
  • 727994760443
  • Item Number: GEO076044D

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  Over a century ago, on the sweeping plains of the West, European whites and Native Americans clashed in a deadly battle. Follow the titanic struggle from the time of the Gold Rush until after the last gasp of the Indian Wars at Wounded Knee. Acclaimed filmmakers Ric Burns and Lisa Ades follow the collision of cultures as Native Americans and whites struggled bitterly over land and values. Their respective visions of America and its future could not coexist. Thomas Jefferson thought it would take a thousand years to settle and subdue the West; it took approximately 50 years. In addition to providing a history of expansion and material conquest, The Way West explores the spiritual dimensions of the struggle for the American West. for the American West.
 
  • Title: THE WAY WEST
  • Director:
  • Year: 0
  • Runtime: 360M
  • Rating: NR
  • Language: English
  • Closed Captioned: N
  • 841887050579
  • Item Number: PRD005057D

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  Robert Altman revisits American history--following the critical smash NASHVILLE--with this scathing indictment of celebrity and politics in the Wild West. Paul Newman (BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID) stars as Buffalo Bill Cody, a man who has parlayed his legend into a grand moneymaking scheme. Employing a group of talented gunslingers and horseback riders, Bill's carnival show promotes an exaggerated view of American history. However, when the company recruits equally legendary Native American Chief Sitting Bull (Frank Kaquitts) and his interpreter, William Halsey (Will Sampson) to appear as defeated victims in the show, the lies begin to catch up with Buffalo Bill. While the appearance of President Grover Cleveland (Pat McCormick) further helps carve Billís name in history, it is revealed that Sitting Bull is not completely done with Bill. Altmanís adaptation of Arthur Kopitís play contains his signature roaming camera and sprawling cast, as well as conveys a sarcastic, cynical tone that aims to debunk myths created by the real-life legends on which the film is based. As the manipulative Buffalo Bill, a man whose conscience finally catches up with him, Newman delivers a comical and impassioned performance, adding yet another memorable character to his, and director Altmanís, oeuvre.
  • Title: BUFFALO BILL AND THE INDIANS
  • Actor/Actress: Paul Newman, Geraldine Chaplin, Joel Grey
  • Director: Robert Altman
  • Year: 1976
  • Runtime: 123M
  • Rating: PG
  • Language: English
  • Color: Y
  • Closed Captioned: CC
  • 027616861047
  • Item Number: MGD001834D

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  Director Bruce Beresford's abiding fascination with the clash of cultures is apparent in this adaptation of Brian Moore's novel of a Jesuit missionary who leaves France in 1634 to bring the word of Jesus to the Huron tribe of rugged northern Quebec. The film, which stars Lothaire Bluteau as LaForgue, casts aside the revisionist notion of the Native American as an enlightened being, superior to Caucasian interlopers, depicting the Huron world as one of ugliness and harshness. The missionary's arrogance blinds him to the Indians' preference for their own religious rituals over the faith he is attempting to thrust upon them. Yet, in his new proximity to nature and exposure to primitive mores that shock him, the priest begins to feel the bonds of his asceticism and question his faith. Finally, after being captured and tortured by a party of Iroquois, he begins to evince the compassion with which the conversion of the Hurons becomes possible. The tragic ramifications of this process are only revealed many years later. Bluteau is excellent in this bleak film, which includes some of the most meticulously researched representations of Native American life ever put on film. American life ever put on film.
  • Title: BLACK ROBE
  • Actor/Actress: August Schellenbert, Lothaire Bluteau, Aden Young
  • Director: Bruce Beresford
  • Year: 1991
  • Runtime: 101M
  • Rating: R
  • Language: English
  • Color: Y
  • Closed Captioned: CC
  • 027616864352
  • Item Number: MGD002204D

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  In 1607, three ships sailed across the Atlantic to the shores of what became known as Jamestown, Virginia. The arrival of these Europeans changed forever the history of the native people already living peacefully in this fertile country. Writer-director Terrence Malick, who has been waiting 25 years to tell this story, finally gets his chance in the breathtaking epic THE NEW WORLD. Colin Farrell stars as Captain John Smith, a British mutineer facing execution who finds a new purpose--and a dangerous love--in this new land. Smith falls for the young and beautiful Pocahontas (Q'Orianka Kilcher, in her first major role), daughter of the Indian chief Powhatan (August Schellenberg), laying the groundwork for trouble ahead. The Indians are both fascinated and frightened of the Europeans, not sure whether they are friend or foe. Suspicion, desire, greed, lust, and power soon combine to make them mortal enemies. Using natural lighting, carefully reconstructed forts (James Fort) and villages (Werowocomoco), realistic weaponry, fabulous makeup and costumes, and even a re-creation of the Algonquin language, Malick has made a majestic historical drama that transports viewers back to early 17th century America. Supplemented by James Horner's (BRAVEHEART, TITANIC) lush, percussion-based score and Emmanuel Lubezki's gorgeous photography--especially of night scenes on the river--THE NEW WORLD is a compelling examination of the very beginning of American history, told by a master filmmaker who has made just three previous, highly regarded films (BADLANDS, DAYS OF HEAVEN, THE THIN RED LINE) since 1973.
  • Title: THE NEW WORLD
  • Actor/Actress: August Schellenberg, Wes Studi, Raoul Trujillo
  • Director: Terrence Malick
  • Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 135M
  • Rating: NR
  • Language: English
  • Color: Y
  • Closed Captioned: N
  • 794043102530
  • Item Number: NLD010253D

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  LITTLE BIG MAN was significant when it was made because of its editing, which was still being explored in Hollywood at the time as a vehicle for innovative, simple storytelling.

Arthur Penn's film of Thomas Berger's bestselling novel demystifies the Old West with its funny, chaotic portrayal of one man's experiences in its closing days. Jack Crabb (Dustin Hoffman), a 121-year-old Indian living in a rest home, relates his incredible life experiences. According to Crabb's somewhat fanciful tales, he was raised by the Cheyenne from the age of 10 only to be seized by whites when he was 15. He then embarks on a string of failed attempts to find a place for himself in the world. These bring him into contact with (among many others) Wild Bill Hickok, the US Cavalry, a former preacher's wife turned prostitute, his own spunky frontierswoman sister, and General George Armstrong Custer during the Battle of Little Big Horn. The result is a funny, spiritual film with a humane view of the plight of Native Americans.
  • Title: LITTLE BIG MAN
  • Actor/Actress: Dustin Hoffman, Martin Balsam, Faye Dunaway
  • Director: Arthur Penn
  • Year: 1970
  • Runtime: 147M
  • Rating: PG
  • Language: English
  • Color: Y
  • Closed Captioned: CC
  • 097363772149
  • Item Number: PRD037721D

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  Ranchers are under threat from Apaches in this classic Western thriller starring Gene Autry. Two renegades--The Apache Kid and Curt Railder--are behind the raids, hoping to eventually build themselves a vast American empire. Gene soon steps in to end the trouble, as well as exposing the fiends responsible. A classic tale of the Old West, Autry is joined by Gail Davis and Pat Buttram in the cast.

 

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  • Title: GENE AUTRY-INDIAN TERRITORY
  • Actor/Actress:  Gene Autry, Gail Davis, Pat Buttram
  • Director:
  • Year: 1950
  • Runtime: 70M
  • Rating: NR
  • Language: English
  • Closed Captioned: N
  • 014381231229
  • Item Number: IMA002312D

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