Based on the novel, "Little Big Man" by Thomas Berger, the 1970 epic Western film of the same name directed by Arthur Penn was considered a rarity of the genre because of its …
Based on the novel, "Little Big Man" by Thomas Berger, the 1970 epic Western film of the same name directed by Arthur Penn was considered a rarity of the genre because of its sympathetic portrayal of Native Americans and for its depiction of the United States Cavalry as villains. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Chief Dan George, Faye Dunaway and Richard Mulligan, the film was seen as a sometimes violent commentary on racism and bigotry while also an anti-establishment satire of America's involvement in the Vietnam War.
Jack Crabb (Hoffman) is 121 years old as the film begins, according to a film description at imdb.com. A collector of oral histories asks him about his past. He recounts being captured and raised by Indians, becoming a gunslinger, marrying an Indian, watching her killed by Gen. George Armstrong Custer (Mulligan), and becoming a scout for him at the Little Big Horn. The film encompasses drama, comedy, adventure and Western action.
Standout performances by all, especially that of Chief Dan George as Old Lodge Skins, Jack's grandfather and mentor among "the human beings." The role won him the first Academy Award nomination for a Native American.
"Little Big Man" will be screened for one night only, today (Oct. 18), 7 p.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. This is a special screening only for Taos Center for the Arts members, who will be admitted free. Nonmembers who wish to see the movie may become members at the box office.
Membership fees are $45 for individuals, $65 for families and $25 for students. Memberships include discounted ticket prices for TCA movies, TCA Presents live performances, The Met: Live in HD screenings, and National Theatre of London: Live in HD screenings. Plus members get discounts for entry fees to TCA juried shows, and eligibility to exhibit in members open exhibitions. Additional information on other membership levels and benefits can be found at tcataos.org/page/become-member.
"Little Big Man" is rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences and some sexual content. For more information, call (575) 758-2052.
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