One of the few complete Kent Mackenzie films, The Exiles is truly vital for bringing the true lives of Native Americans to the screen a decade before the mainstream tried to. While the subject matter is important, the filmmaking itself is a bit amateurish, if not deliberately simplistic. The subtle camera work is effective, but the voice dubbing is entirely distracting.
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.
Amazing as a historical document, but the filmmaking is sub-par to say the least. There is an artistic heart drumming underneath the wooden performances and atrocious dubbing. And that's what makes the movie watchable beyond the location shots: the melancholy immigrant longing, the alienation of a lost generation, the emptiness of lost time. Not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but interesting nonetheless.
Awesome, I really liked the girl and her VO in the film, heartbreaking stuff. I also really liked the actor who played Tommy, really charismatic when he started dancing with the girl at the jukebox and then playing piano on the bar - just perfectly captured moments
This is a wonderful and beautiful look at Native American's plight into the big cities. Cinematography is top notch and I really enjoyed the realer than life characters. My only issue with this movie is that the narration was a little jarring. It was already pretty obvious what they were going through, no need to repeat it again.
An exiled people exiled from themselves within the mirth and merriment of drink and lust. But beyond that what an extraordinary glimpse into a never before seen 1950's LA. Worth the view just to be emerged within the look and feel of a place and time ironically displaced within movie city.
Extraño hallar un cine testimonial para este entonces. Mackenzie al otro extremo del país (en paralelo a Cassavetes),observa a "otro" grupo de personajes también pasando el rato solo que con un punto de vista social y hasta antropológico.Hay un reconocimiento de las raices indias, los rezagos de la cultura y los nuevos individuos que parecen haber heredado más una contemplación melancólica.Todo el filme es reflexivo.
Liked this one a lot. It stands as a fascinating and somewhat bleak document of a culture that is either underrepresented or (more often than not) misrepresented in media. At the same time, the movie serves as a compelling neo-realist portrait of Los Angeles during a period that is far removed from the contemporary experience, but still feels very familiar in many ways.