Cinema: The New Ways

WHEN THE LEGENDS DIE Directed by STUART MILLAR Screenplay by ROBERT DOZIER

Movies used to portray Indians as grunting marauders. Now everything about them, from their history to their handicraft, has become topical, even chic. In recent films they have been treated—or mistreated—as the newest social problem (Journey Through Rosebud) or as symbolic Vietnamese (Soldier Blue). When the Legends Die is one of the rare movies that seem genuinely to express, even in a small way, the strangled rage and uncertainty of the modern Indian.

It is a tender, graceful fable about a...