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Film Reaction 16 October 2006 Little Big Man ! I grew up with my Dad watching many John Ford “shoot ‘em up” movies and I just figured it was an American tradition to watch films about cowboys and Indians. John Wayne represented masculinity and he could handle any problem. That is why my Dad liked him so much. He represented what a man should be like. John Wayne did not have time to feel pain, nor was he a very articulate man. He was very good with one -liners including the timeless, “that’ll be the day!” John Wayne took care of business and didn’t take shit from anyone. Sound familiar? Americans love watching movies that represent the good old American character and justification for the wrongs committed throughout history. There have been many tropes that have been consistently rearing their ugly head in every movie we have watched up to this point, including the superiority of Euro- American people, the stereotype of Indians being savage rapists, the predisposed brutal nature of Indians, and the Indian women always pursuing the white man’s love and asking for sex. The theme that I found interesting in Little Big Man , was the idea of a few lunatics enacting the extermination of the Indians and everyone else was trying to stop the madness. It is very convenient to use General Custer as one of the only individuals supporting the extermination of Indians and hating the Indian people. Although he did commit such acts and was quite idiotic, he was not the only person that contributed to the mass killings of Indians. It is very easy to put other people in the role of the scapegoat for the horrible inhumane things that happened during colonization and the “Indian Wars.” People inherently try to put the blame on someone else because it is easy and gives someone the state of mind that they didn’t do anything. Pop culture takes a role in providing scapegoats and comfort to the viewers watching. People can take a comfortable complacency and sit back and enjoy a film without even thinking about the images and ideas that are being injected into their brains. Throughout the course of this class, I have learned more and more to look at movies with more of a healthy skepticism for this particular reason. One of my favorite comedians, Dane Cook, likes to refer to movies as
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“cinematic adventures.” Dane likes to go and sit down at a movie and let the explosions, sex, and killing wash over him like a tidal wave. He does not want to think, he just tries to enjoy the presentation. He almost has an ironic, satiric tone when he talks about movies and he likes to comment on the way the public likes to spend their free time going
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