American Masters: Season 15, Episode 8

Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians (23 Apr. 2001)

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The dramatic story of eminent photographer Edward S. Curtis and the creation of his monumental portfolio of Native American images. Descendants of his photographic subjects tell stories about the photos and reveal their meaning to Indian people today. Written by Anonymous

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7 October 2001 | by (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Anne Makepeace has produced an interesting and informative documentary about Edward S. Curtis a fascinating character in America's history. However, while the film shows his fantastic photography and the contradictions of their production as ethnographic records, I found myself falling asleep due to the lackluster technical approach Makepeace adopted. Endless zooms and pans into and around the photos details, hardly uses the capabilities of film, the combination of movement and sound, effectively. The ambiguities of Curtis' life were the only thing keeping me awake in the cinema, despite these criticisms I think this documentary may work better on the small screen where we expect this type of documentary. If only Makepeace had been as innovative and interesting as Curtis, then perhaps she would really do him justice in this documentary.


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