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Author:  crossada75 [ Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:54 pm ]
Post subject:  _Silent Tongue_

I've had Westerns on the brain the last week or so. This is another one of the tiny handful of relatively recent Westerns that earned my seal of approval. Nearly all those had something at least a little "off" about them (and nearly all were about as far from a John Ford Western as you can get), and this one sure does, and is. On one level it's basically a ghost story. (You have to scroll down a little way from the top to get to the article.)

http://prairiemary.blogspot.com/2014/01 ... epard.html


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Author:  crossada75 [ Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: _Silent Tongue_

'The critics hated “Silent Tongue”, likely because the critics judged it by John Ford templates and because they were urbanites with no other frame of reference. Oddly, in the end it _comes closer to capturing a kind of Native American spirituality_ than many movies tackling the subject on purpose ... '

Author:  crossada75 [ Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: _Silent Tongue_

'This film was shot in Texas, but it’s a good example of the genre called “Montana Gothic.” Patia Stephens in her essay on Dirck Van Sickle (available on Kindle through Amazon) quotes the author as saying in “Montana Gothic,”

“The whole scene was in shades of gray, and the utter stillness as well as lack of color made it look like a faded stereoscopic view of somewhere far removed from where Deke felt he should be, and he shivered: it was alien, rejecting, and he was somehow trapped into it and now afraid he’d ended here by error, by walking backward with his eyes closed into what could either be his future -- or his fate.”

A classic description of dissociation brought on by intense and unresolvable emotional experience. His partner in one story believes “his dead fiancée has somehow become Montana herself, the land as uber-mother embodying mother, wife and lover.” '

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