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 Post subject: Re: Arrowhead
PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:36 pm 
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I have just finished watching this movie for the first time, and I feel a grudge against those critics who raise a hipe over racism. How dare they say that 'this is a racist movie' and 'Charlton Heston is racist'? Yes, the movie is set at a time and a special location where frontier fights between U.S. army and the Apaches was going on, and yes there is certainly elements of racial rivalry and violence. But that is the historical reality of that period. If we are interested in reading colonial history, does that make us party to the colonial brutality? The movie comes along as a well-balanced confront on two sides, and both sides are responsible for that. Heston's character well-depicts the rough and rude White scout-chief, and is it fair to call him 'racist' for that? He acts his part convincingly, that's all. So does Jack Palance.

And I counted seconds, when after the final fight, Heston lifts Palance's body... he held it up for 30 seconds exactly! Amazing!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:16 pm 
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Yes, it is an under-rated film IMO. If Heston's character had been like the others in the film, then it would have been a standard "savages against civilized whites" sort of movie. What makes it interesting is that the "hero" is really an unlikeable antihero; and the characters who appear to have noble intentions are revealed to be fools. Palance's Toriano definitely had his heroic moments. So, the film really turned the conventional western on its ear by making the Indian "noble" (or, at least pure in his beliefs and actions) and making the hero a surly racist who thinks of women only as *** objects.
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Heston's most controversial film, it seems. I just found this-
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Racism in ARROWHEAD (1953)

The cold war and the movie Arrowhead, share a similar underlying theme. They both depicted the cold and discriminatory extermination of a given community. The events that had taken place prior to the setting of the movie had greatly influenced American culture. At this time, America had engaged itself in several wars including wars in Korea, Middle East and the cold war. The interaction between the Americans and those in these places combined with the sights they beheld during the war influenced the way they perceived persons who seemed to be different. The American soldiers who served in the cold war were the ones who served as army generals when they returned home.
During the cold war, the Nazi Germans executed an all out war against Jews in an aim to cleanse the nation. This led them into building concentration camps that could harbor the Jews while they served as slaves. This racist mentality was being propagated by Hitler and being carried out by the Nazi army personnel. The sights that the Americans beheld during the war with the Germans influenced the way they conducted their affairs at home after the war. The Americans had adopted the seclusion of Native Americans into reserves from the way the Germans detaining the Jews in concentration camps.
Racist Language
This form of racism and inhumanity was depicted by the movie Arrowhead (1953). In the movie, the American army was attempting to curtail the movement of the Native Americans to reserves. This resulted to one of the most intense battle in the frontier. In the process, army personnel used blatant racist language to depict the Chiricahua Apache. This showed the amount of hate and scorn that the Americans had for the natives. The main underlying theme in the movie is one of hate and racism.
The main characters in the movie are two antagonists who are filled with racist hate for certain communities. One of them is a white American known as Charlton Heston who was apparently raised among the Indian community. Despite his Indian upbringing, he hated these people and helped the American army to hunt them down and drive them to the reserves. Jack Palance on the other hand was an authentic Indian but was raised and schooled among the white community. This was apparently supposed to ‘domesticate’ him. It did not work as he ended up hating the white community even more.
Childhood Indians
Children are known to be innocent and are mostly left out in many conflicts in the world. The children in the Indian community in the movie Arrowhead (1953) were however not so lucky. They were exposed to all the acts of racism and wars that the two communities were engaged in. The white community wanted to take over and control the lands that were occupied by the Native Americans. This included the process of curtailing their movements and restricting them to concentration camps. The Indian community was on the other hand opposed to this very move. The Indian communities held their lands as sacred and were used to living in the free country. This meant that any effort aimed against this was unacceptable.
The innocence of the Indian children was corrupted as they were exposed to the blatantly racist language used to depict the Chiricahua Apache. As seen from the movie, the children were not impressed by this and felt offended. This would later work against the peace efforts that were being championed by the American administration. It is generally known that the children would be the future leaders and leaders of the Indian community. This means that when they became older, they would propagate the same hatred and racism that was exposed to them when they were young.
Purpose of the Film
The reason as to why the film was shown in this class was that the underlying theme of the movie about bigotry and hatred coincided with the class lessons about the American history. The movie is considered to contain the most gruesome instances of racism and inhumanity caused by the warring communities. The white Americans and the Native Americans engaged in the most violent conflicts ever witnessed in the frontier.


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AND THEN THERE'S THIS-

http://nothingiswrittenfilm.blogspot.co ... whead.html

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2013
Arrowhead


Charles Marquis Warren's Arrowhead (1953) plays like a rebuttal to the pro-Indian Broken Arrow: that peace-talking Cochise is a snake in the grass, begging to be exterminated. Even by this genre's dubious standards its Indian bashing is astonishing. Provided this doesn't offend you, there's a lot to like about this retro Western.

Ed Bannon (Charlton Heston) is a tough scout helping the Cavalry deal with Apaches. Bannon foils an Apache ambush but is accused by Cavalry Captain North (Brian Keith) of provoking the peaceful Indians. Bannon's proven right when Apache leader Toriano (Jack Palance) returns from an Eastern university. Toriano brings with him the Ghost Dance ritual, rallying the Apaches to exterminate all whites. But Bannon knows Toriano's weakness: he was raised by Apaches and tricks him into a two-man showdown.

Arrowhead is Exhibit A for media demonization of Native Americans. Toriano is a treacherous schemer with a Satanic grin and (gasp!) flowing hippie hair: a truly hateful Other. His first victim is a meek stationmaster who happens to be Toriano's childhood "blood brother"! The Ghost Dance movement, a Millenarian but mostly peaceful Paiute/Sioux sect, becomes an Apache death cult akin to Kenya's Mau Mau or India's Thugs. Warren's reactionary script also skews towards Cold War allegory: if only the stupid liberals would just let Douglas MacArthur Ed Bannon fight the Commies Apaches his way!

The politics are jarringly retrograde, but Arrowhead remains enjoyable. Warren provides some nice, unfussy direction, moving the story briskly behind Ray Rennahan's beautiful photography. He stages two large battle scenes with aplomb, but the real highlight is the climactic slug fest. Bannon traps Toriano within his own rituals, forcing the two to duel mano a mano. For those seeking old school, no holds barred badassery, Charlton Heston and Jack Palance bashing each other ought to do the trick.

Charlton Heston is dependably rugged, getting plenty of snide dialogue and two-fisted action. Jack Palance tackles his demonic villain with relish. Milburn Stone plays Heston's sidekick, a good rehearsal for Gunsmoke's Doc. Katy Jurado (High Noon) plays an Apache femme fatale and Brian Keith (The Wind and the Lion) has a solid role.

Arrowhead is beyond politically incorrect: its racial and political views resemble a John Birch Society production. Western fans looking for a fun, unsophisticated oater will have a blast. Others may be more wary.
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 Post subject: Re: Arrowhead
PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 3:15 pm 
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James Byrne wrote:
Heston's most controversial film, it seems. I just found this-
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Racism in ARROWHEAD (1953)

The cold war and the movie Arrowhead, share a similar underlying theme. They both depicted the cold and discriminatory extermination of a given community. The events that had taken place prior to the setting of the movie had greatly influenced American culture. At this time, America had engaged itself in several wars including wars in Korea, Middle East and the cold war. The interaction between the Americans and those in these places combined with the sights they beheld during the war influenced the way they perceived persons who seemed to be different. The American soldiers who served in the cold war were the ones who served as army generals when they returned home.
During the cold war, the Nazi Germans executed an all out war against Jews in an aim to cleanse the nation. This led them into building concentration camps that could harbor the Jews while they served as slaves. This racist mentality was being propagated by Hitler and being carried out by the Nazi army personnel. The sights that the Americans beheld during the war with the Germans influenced the way they conducted their affairs at home after the war. The Americans had adopted the seclusion of Native Americans into reserves from the way the Germans detaining the Jews in concentration camps.
Racist Language
This form of racism and inhumanity was depicted by the movie Arrowhead (1953). In the movie, the American army was attempting to curtail the movement of the Native Americans to reserves. This resulted to one of the most intense battle in the frontier. In the process, army personnel used blatant racist language to depict the Chiricahua Apache. This showed the amount of hate and scorn that the Americans had for the natives. The main underlying theme in the movie is one of hate and racism.
The main characters in the movie are two antagonists who are filled with racist hate for certain communities. One of them is a white American known as Charlton Heston who was apparently raised among the Indian community. Despite his Indian upbringing, he hated these people and helped the American army to hunt them down and drive them to the reserves. Jack Palance on the other hand was an authentic Indian but was raised and schooled among the white community. This was apparently supposed to ‘domesticate’ him. It did not work as he ended up hating the white community even more.
Childhood Indians
Children are known to be innocent and are mostly left out in many conflicts in the world. The children in the Indian community in the movie Arrowhead (1953) were however not so lucky. They were exposed to all the acts of racism and wars that the two communities were engaged in. The white community wanted to take over and control the lands that were occupied by the Native Americans. This included the process of curtailing their movements and restricting them to concentration camps. The Indian community was on the other hand opposed to this very move. The Indian communities held their lands as sacred and were used to living in the free country. This meant that any effort aimed against this was unacceptable.
The innocence of the Indian children was corrupted as they were exposed to the blatantly racist language used to depict the Chiricahua Apache. As seen from the movie, the children were not impressed by this and felt offended. This would later work against the peace efforts that were being championed by the American administration. It is generally known that the children would be the future leaders and leaders of the Indian community. This means that when they became older, they would propagate the same hatred and racism that was exposed to them when they were young.
Purpose of the Film
The reason as to why the film was shown in this class was that the underlying theme of the movie about bigotry and hatred coincided with the class lessons about the American history. The movie is considered to contain the most gruesome instances of racism and inhumanity caused by the warring communities. The white Americans and the Native Americans engaged in the most violent conflicts ever witnessed in the frontier.


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

AND THEN THERE'S THIS-

http://nothingiswrittenfilm.blogspot.co ... whead.html

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2013
Arrowhead


Charles Marquis Warren's Arrowhead (1953) plays like a rebuttal to the pro-Indian Broken Arrow: that peace-talking Cochise is a snake in the grass, begging to be exterminated. Even by this genre's dubious standards its Indian bashing is astonishing. Provided this doesn't offend you, there's a lot to like about this retro Western.

Ed Bannon (Charlton Heston) is a tough scout helping the Cavalry deal with Apaches. Bannon foils an Apache ambush but is accused by Cavalry Captain North (Brian Keith) of provoking the peaceful Indians. Bannon's proven right when Apache leader Toriano (Jack Palance) returns from an Eastern university. Toriano brings with him the Ghost Dance ritual, rallying the Apaches to exterminate all whites. But Bannon knows Toriano's weakness: he was raised by Apaches and tricks him into a two-man showdown.

Arrowhead is Exhibit A for media demonization of Native Americans. Toriano is a treacherous schemer with a Satanic grin and (gasp!) flowing hippie hair: a truly hateful Other. His first victim is a meek stationmaster who happens to be Toriano's childhood "blood brother"! The Ghost Dance movement, a Millenarian but mostly peaceful Paiute/Sioux sect, becomes an Apache death cult akin to Kenya's Mau Mau or India's Thugs. Warren's reactionary script also skews towards Cold War allegory: if only the stupid liberals would just let Douglas MacArthur Ed Bannon fight the Commies Apaches his way!

The politics are jarringly retrograde, but Arrowhead remains enjoyable. Warren provides some nice, unfussy direction, moving the story briskly behind Ray Rennahan's beautiful photography. He stages two large battle scenes with aplomb, but the real highlight is the climactic slug fest. Bannon traps Toriano within his own rituals, forcing the two to duel mano a mano. For those seeking old school, no holds barred badassery, Charlton Heston and Jack Palance bashing each other ought to do the trick.

Charlton Heston is dependably rugged, getting plenty of snide dialogue and two-fisted action. Jack Palance tackles his demonic villain with relish. Milburn Stone plays Heston's sidekick, a good rehearsal for Gunsmoke's Doc. Katy Jurado (High Noon) plays an Apache femme fatale and Brian Keith (The Wind and the Lion) has a solid role.

Arrowhead is beyond politically incorrect: its racial and political views resemble a John Birch Society production. Western fans looking for a fun, unsophisticated oater will have a blast. Others may be more wary.
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 Post subject: Re: Arrowhead
PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:03 pm 
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ARROWHEAD may be Heston's most controversial movie, but I really enjoyed his hard as nails performance as Ed Bannon. Jack Palance is terrific as well, and the sultry Katy Jurado is good in everything I have seen her in.


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A publicity still from ARROWHEAD -

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Woah, that's a nice one. Thanks!

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itsjudah24 wrote:
A publicity still from ARROWHEAD -

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Chuck was one of the few actors who could strike a pose like that and get away with it.


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Yes, I agree, it just looks natural when he does it.

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Detective Thorn wrote:
Yes, I agree, it just looks natural when he does it.

It helps that he had the build and the bearing to strike poses like that.


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