Woman Walks Ahead

Woman Walks Ahead

Streaming Video - 2018
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Based on a true story, this riveting western follows a headstrong New York widow (Jessica Chastain) as she journeys west to meet Sioux chief Sitting Bull, facing off with an army officer (Sam Rockwell) intent on war with Native Americans.
Publisher: [United States] : A24, 2018
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 102 min.)) : sd., col

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CaptainHecto
Sep 16, 2019

A film during which you will say, quite a few times, 'no, it can't get worse'. And then it does - quite a few times. The intent, of course, is laudable: to show the spoliation of the Lakota by the American federal government and white settler society. But the execution is sophomoric, with a dialogue that delivers up cringe-inducing lines as the plot bounces from one cliché to the next. Michael Greyeyes plays Sitting Bull as the noblest of noble savages and speaks in an English that would pass muster in the Ivy League. Old pros Ciaran Hinds (the Indian agent) and Bill Camp (cynical General Crook) are the only actors to have come near this thing. Director Susanna White has made good series in the UK (Bleak House, Parade's End) , but she definitely went astray in this sojourn on the American prairies.

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cowflop
Jul 20, 2019

jessica chastain does an amazing job!

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goldenfran
Jul 11, 2019

I found this movie to be incredible - I love movies based on true events. It relates the story of a New York woman who goes west to try and paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull. She changes her name to Catherine Weldon and becomes a confidante of Sitting Bull. She is active in Native American rights and helps Sitting Bull understand the true nature of the government’s intent after the Battle at Wounded Knee. The acting is superb. I highly recommend this film - it acquaints you with a woman who was an advocate for the rights of Native Americans.

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Bohobabe
May 31, 2019

Best movie I've seen in a long time. I enjoyed it very much.
A touching portrayal of the last of the Lakota Nation. Honest without being garish or gruesome.
Well done ✔

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INVS
Mar 02, 2019

A factual story I'd never run across. The lady that brought it to film took several liberties in the tale, but worth my time for the educational aspect. The European white men that came to America ruled with incredible greed & a sense of total entitlement. Shameful behavior then and now - we just never learn.

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greatflicks
Jan 27, 2019

This was a very good movie as well as being educational. They were not dumb Indians and we took their land. They are getting even now with their casinos. Becoming wealthy and most Tribes are using the money to the advantage of those that are Indians.

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misatim
Jan 19, 2019

Wow! this true story is filled with inaccurate "facts", including the name of the artist this film is based on. LOL The film liner calls her Catherine but she really was "Caroline Weldon a Swiss-American artist and activist with the National Indian Defense Association. Weldon became a confidante and the personal secretary to the Lakota Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull during the time when Plains Indians had adopted the Ghost Dance movement". Is there ever going to be a Film from the U.S. that will be a Truthful story of Native Americans, or will the U.S. always be afraid of the truth? Michael Greyeyes, a Saskatchewan Cree, does a great job in this film, and is close to the age Tatanka Iyotake was. Native Americans can not help it if they look younger then Europeans. LOL Of course many people have never even looked up the facts, they just make statements disguised as facts to promote racism. Watch the film and decide for yourself, but remember to look up the facts.

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Nooksack20
Jan 10, 2019

I found this movie both interesting and biased. The only real accurate portrayal of history were the names of the individuals involved. The actor who portrayed Sitting Bull was fairly young looking which in no way resembled the real Sitting Bull who was almost difficult to look at in fact. The beautiful actress who portrayed the artist/activist looked nothing like the person she was portraying, who was actually unattractive, dowdy, and difficult to deal with. The events that occurred when Sitting Bull was killed were accurate only to the extent that the reservation police were sent to arrest him. He did not calmly comply, he vehemently resisted and fought with the police who shot him during the struggle. He was no mere victim in real life. He and his tribe murdered hundreds of white settlers hoping to stop them from settling the land. Wounded Knee was an unfortunate event in history and was doubtlessly a mass revenge killing.

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wrightlee
Dec 13, 2018

I enjoyed the movie. It was so very sad. It's hard to look at some of our history. It reminded me how cruel and greedy some people are.

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lindy919
Dec 12, 2018

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Boring and uninspired movie making: almost no scenes of the untouched wilderness; about 10 seconds of Jessica Chastain bonding with Native women; a very uncharismatic Michael Greyeyes as Sitting Bull. Virtually nothing is shown that makes the viewer sympathetic to the Lakota people. It seems like a lot of this must have been cut out to make the movie come in at 100 minutes but I would much rather have seen a longer movie that had these crucial elements left out. Even the aftermath, Wounded Knee, is summed up in just one sentence before the end credits.
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jimg2000
Sep 10, 2018

What's... what's the ghost dance?
-An Indian from the south had a vision. He said if the Lakota wear certain clothes and dance a certain dance, then the old ways will return. The buffalo will come running, scattered across the prairie, like they used to. The Indians who died of hunger and measles, they will return and the white man will leave us alone. They dance until they fall. There's nothing left for them but to dance.
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Does the snow stay on the mountains all year round?
-It's not snow. It's bones. Buffalo bones. When the buffalo hear a gunshot
they don't run. They stand. So, the white hunters could just shoot and shoot until they were all dead. We used to spend our lives following the buffalo herds. Now they've all gone and we have to live in one place and ask the earth to grow potatoes. You'll never be free on the prairie if you don't ride. Freedom's in the head.
And in the feet.

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jimg2000
Sep 10, 2018

This is Rico. Buffalo Bill gave him to me. He's a circus horse. It'd be just like sitting on a chair. When you click your tongue... he paws the ground. When he hears a gunshot... he dances.
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You walk behind me, looks like I've taken you prisoner.
-Behind. In front. So many rules about walking. Can't I just walk?
Rico's taken it pretty badly you don't like him. It's okay, Rico. She's from New York.
-I thought you liked New York.
Too many people with too much. Too many people with nothing at all. Your society values people by how much you have... ours by how much we give away.
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My name then was Hunkesni. It means "slow".
-Slow?
I thought before I spoke... and on this day I became a man.
-You became a man by killing someone?
Someone who would have killed my mother and sister.

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jimg2000
Sep 10, 2018

Does the snow stay on the mountains all year round?
-It's not snow. It's bones. Buffalo bones. When the buffalo hear a gunshot
they don't run. They stand. So, the white hunters could just shoot and shoot until they were all dead. We used to spend our lives following the buffalo herds. Now they've all gone and we have to live in one place and ask the earth to grow potatoes. You'll never be free on the prairie if you don't ride. Freedom's in the head.
And in the feet.
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The Dakota wind, the smell of buffalo and churned-up grass, smoking pine,
burning fat, tobacco, Indian girls wearing cut sage, sleeping on soft furs.
But, you see, it is time. Time cannot be resisted. Change comes the way the rain comes. Those days cannot return. But, still, there are rocks inside a man that the rain won't wash away.

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jimg2000
Sep 10, 2018

Intro at the beginning:

'Dear sir,
my name is Catherine Weldon and I live in New York City. I studied portrait painting as a young woman, but when I married, it was deemed unsuitable
for me to pursue a profession. Recently, I visited an exhibition of George Catlin paintings of American Indians and my breath was taken away. It was the freedom that struck me. Even inside the paintings, the people were free. I discovered that no portrait of you, the great Chief Sitting Bull, exists in any of our public galleries and I intend to rectify the situation.
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What's... what's the ghost dance?
-An Indian from the south had a vision. He said if the Lakota wear certain clothes and dance a certain dance, then the old ways will return. The buffalo will come running, scattered across the prairie, like they used to. The Indians who died of hunger and measles, they will return and the white man will leave us alone. They dance until they fall. There's nothing left for them but to dance.

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kpelish
Dec 08, 2018

Violence: Warfare, racism, misogyny: Chastain's character is brutally beaten by two men and threatened with rape and hanging. The U.S. government deliberately reduces food rations to force the tribes to vote in favor of land reduction.

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