An experimental film dedicated to the Dakota Sioux, which follows the form of the Christian Mass. A series of images of contemporary America interwoven with the ritual spiriting away of a dead Indian.
Bruce Baillie (born in 1931, Aberdeen, South Dakota) is an American experimental filmmaker and founding member of Canyon Cinema in San Francisco. His film Castro Street (1966) was selected in 1992 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. —Wikipedia
overlapping urban imagery and fluent editing establish an intimate sense of space, but the haphazard hodge-podge of images harkens back to the russian silents in a way that feels derivative. more effective as a portrait of urban life than a critique of it. the native american quotations feel a bit dated, however well-intended. it's tough to watch stuff like this after MTV. people used to have to work a lot harder.