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The Vanishing American

Richard Dix is the noble Naphaie, leader of a tribe of cliff-dwelling Indians systematically exploited by the U.S. government. George B. Seitz's 1925 epic started the second wave of revisionist westerns (Indians were often the heroes of early Hollywood efforts), a genre that then lay dormant until the Vietnam-inspired films of the 60s (Little Big Man, etc). Seitz spent the last years of his career wasting away as house director for MGM's Andy Hardy series, but his earlier films, as they gradually become available, indicate that he's been unjustly overlooked. 109 min.

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