Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

04 February 2012

The Briefest of Reviews from 1970

Well this is an odd picture. It's a comedy, really, but well... it's about the United States's systematic genocide of  American natives. So it's not really a funny topic. The movie stars Dustin Hoffman who, apparently, decided that after playing a pretty boy in The Graduate and grunging down for Midnight Cowboy he would cover himself completely with old-age makeup and play the world's oldest man. Faye Dunaway is very funny in this and so is Hoffman, to a certain extent. The tale is told in a very picaresque fashion, as well, and so to cover its gaps it depends heavily on voice-over narration (again by Hoffman, who – quite inexplicably – is playing the incredibly old man). The direction is by Arthur Penn (the old master of cinematic violence), but I never got over the unevenness of the whole thing.