Cinema: Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

Island of the Blue Dolphins. She is a legend: a ghostly aboriginal known as the Lost Woman of San Nicolas. She is also a historical fact: an Indian girl, left behind when her tribe abandoned an islet off the California coast, who for almost 18 years (1835-53) subsisted there in solitude. She is furthermore the subject of a 1960 novel by Scott O'Dell. And she is now the heroine of this intelligent and tasteful little film, the very model of what children's pictures ought to be but seldom are.

In the film as in the book, the heroine is a maiden named...

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