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XL Popcorn – The Exiles

List Item: Watch all of the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”
Progress: 898/1009Title: The Exiles
Director: Kent Mackenzie
Year: 1961
Country: USA

Well, after Vinyl I thought I would have a bit of respite before I got the next film on this list that would leave me utterly cold. Sadly not. Cards on the table, I only watched this about 8 hours before sitting down to start writing this blog post and… it’s like my brain has completely scrubbed most of the knowledge of watching this. Honestly, it is like I didn’t even watch a film this afternoon.

So what is The Exiles? This is a pseudo-documentary that follows a day in the life of a group of Native Americans who now live in Los Angeles having left the reservation lands. The sheer bulk of this film is watching a group of men as they go on a night out, which then ends up in a drumming party on a hill outside the city. I wish it had focused more on the life of Native American women who had transplanted themselves into the big city – but this is 1961. If this had been made 15-20 years later, I think the depictions would have been more equal. Well at least I hope so.

That’s pretty much all I have. I think it’s interesting how quickly the people in this film forget they are on camera and just go about things – like very naturally. Other than that, this film made next to no impression on me and that’s a bit sad… so I am very glad that this wasn’t my 900th film. That was a close one.