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This story of the Black Hills consistently tells of the unrequited love of a Sioux brave for his chief's daughter, and how he premonished the awful results of her ominous marriage with a white cowboy. Clear Eyes, the daughter of Chief Thunder Cloud, is beloved by Comata, a Sioux brave, but having met and listened to the persuasion of Bud Watkins, a cowboy, leaves her mountain home to become his squaw. Poor little confiding Clear Eyes lives only for Bud, and he at first seems devoted to her, but at the end of two years, a little papoose arriving meanwhile to bless their union, he tires of her, and courts Miss Nellie Howe, a white girl, who thinks him single. Comata, however, has unremittingly watched his movements, and vows to avenge his lost one. Following him to the white girl's home, he sees enough to convince him of the whelp's villainy, so he goes and reveals the truth to Clear Eyes. The poor squaw is stunned by the news, and yet she herself has discerned a change in Bud towards ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The Probing Camera
10 June 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

One of the disappointing things about the 34 year old D.W. Griffith's work is that he doesn't use his camera as a character. The camera never seems to probe a scene, to search out truth or hidden insights into character. It is a passive machine, merely standing by and watching what is going on without any engagement. There is no way that you can compare Griffith with any of the Georgian painters who defined visual art. His short films are not painted with careful brush strokes but with clumsy, ungainly efforts. I learnt absolutely nothing after watching this film and felt the worst for it. He should have paid more attention to his camera script rather than churning out 2 projects per week.


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