Cinema: Bill Rendered

BUFFALO BILL AND THE INDIANS, OR SITTING BULL'S HISTORY LESSON Directed by ROBERT ALTMAN Screenplay by ROBERT ALTMAN and ALAN RUDOLPH

America's most interesting active film maker, Robert Altman, has created a sly, wry, wise study of what fame does to people cursed with that most mixed of blessings. Buffalo Bill Cody (superbly played by Paul Newman) was a legend created out of flimsy cloth by a pulp writer and promoter named Ned Buntline (impersonated by Burt Lancaster), who lurks around the fringes of the film.

Buntline serves as a kind of chorus, singing counterpoint to the sleazy commercial tones from Bill and...

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