Cinema: Riding To Redemption Ridge

DANCES WITH WOLVES Directed by Kevin Costner

Screenplay by Michael Blake

John J. Dunbar (Kevin Costner) is an almost too perfect example of the new American male, that improbable beau ideal who has been created out of recent feminist fantasies and the failure of certain old-fashioned masculine dreams.

Dunbar drops out of his executive position in a large, hierarchical organization engaged in morally questionable work in order to get closer to nature -- his own and Mother's. Once settled in the wilderness, he proves to be a sensitive and caring ecologist, tenderly nursing the land and its creatures. When, eventually, he...

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