Chronicling one night in the lives of young Native American men and women living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles, the film follows a group of exiles—arrivals from the Southwest reservations—as they flirt, drink, party, fight, and dance.
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A portrayal so sincere, so moving. And it's a pleasure to watch, it could really be filmed just yesterday. I think I missed a bunch of lines because of the absence of subtitles, but the substance hit the same. I loved the use of the voice-over, and the «nocturnal» mood that fills each and every frame. Ah, and the title is perfect, too. Great Cinema. One of those hidden pearls I expect to discover on MUBI. Thank you!
tragic. painful to watch. post-genocide trauma SHOULD hurt to watch. cut adrift from presence, land, history, culture, the staged scenes reinforcing the enacting of a script they didn't author, costumes covering their crowns & coronas, suffocated by the eraser of americana. the film is complicit in the denial of genocide. the jukebox lied. "Either one must remain terrified or become terrifying." - Franz Fanon
'Let's do it again tonight'. Classic American indie that was almost lost to history until its restoration by UCLA and Milestone Films. A group of young native Americans relocated to L.A. are torn between trying to create a life for themselves there and keeping their traditions and identity. The charm of the film is making the story so identifiable and engaging creating a full empathy and connection.
A refreshing, cliche-free focus on Native Americans in contemporary society. The neon-kissed black and white cinematography produces a buzz we often associate with L.A. noir and the documentary-like structure adds a sense of authenticity to the environments and characters.
A valuable document of 1961 LA. Today there are still remnants of the downtown that is seen here, and it's interesting to see the transition, a transition that will continue until almost everything from the past is gone.
Emotionally vibrant account of living under Empire. Lush cinematography and a relaxed pace that lets things play out. I don't get what everyone's deal with the sound is (not the greatest technically but who cares...) A true gem. It has some of my very favorite scenes of people "just hanging out" in any movie I've ever seen.