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Run of the Arrow

Screening on Film
Directed by Samuel Fuller.
With Rod Steiger, Sarita Montiel, Brian Keith.
US, 1957, 35mm, color, 86 min.

Bearing resemblance to The Searchers and Dances with Wolves, Run of the Arrow tells the tale of a Confederate rebel who goes native when he marries a Sioux squaw.  Bringing forward the plight of the Native American, the film bears analogy with the stories of displaced soldiers on the losing side of the Second World War who resort to dissimulation to survive. Director Sam Fuller appeals to the pastoral tradition in crafting a political aesthetic through the “visual emotion” that is his signature.

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