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Smoke Signals

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 by bansal6

Recently we had been watching the movie, Smoke Signals, in class which is based on Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. The story revolves around Victor Joseph and Thomas Builds-the-Fire who live on the Coeur D’Alene Indian Reservation in Idaho. I thought it was a really good movie which depicted the themes in the book rather effectively. For some reason, when I watched the movie, everything seemed authentic to me. The soundtrack from the movie used several Native American songs. In addition, all the actors were Native American. In fact, the directors, producers, writers and actors were all Indian. Chris Eyre, the director of the movie made the movie truly authentic. Sherman Alexie mentions in his screenplay that Smoke Signals was the first film which had been written, directed and produced by Native Americans to receive a major distribution deal. Several other Indian filmmakers in the past had not been so lucky. It received the filmmaker’s trophy at the Sundance Film Festival and Best film award in the 1998 American Indian Film Festival. I thought that this was an excellent choice for a film to watch in class. Also, there are several entertaining scenes in the film which make it very watchable. It mixes such scenes with the thematic scenes effectively so that the viewer can learn a lot and enjoy watching the movie at the same time.

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