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Little Big Man is a satirical western from 1970 starring Dustin Hoffman. First seen as the oldest living American (age 121), Jack Crab tells us his life story in a series of flashbacks. And what a story! A series of adventures leads to a spate of mistaken identies, both Native American (“Indian” back then) and white.
“Little Big Man”, as Jack is dubbed due to his diminuitive size and enormous spirit, wends his way through wars, politics, and various sexual entanglements. Though this film looks like a western, it takes a broader, more socially aware view of the white / Indian wars of the turn of the last century. The Native Americans are depicted much more sympathetically than the cavalry. But a critical and satirical eye is brought to bear. We’re now nearly fifty years on, but this film is still a bit shocking even to the modern viewer.
Despite all this, Dustin Hoffman brings it (and when does he not?). Particularly following his performance in All the President’s Men (viewed two months ago), he is an utter master of his craft, and compelling beyond all reason. The movie’s tagline is “Either the most neglected hero in history, or a liar of insane proportion.” I’d like to vote for both.
Come join us and decide for yourself, won’t you? Friday July 7th, 7:30 pm, at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library: Little Big Man, be there or be square. Oh, did we mention, it’s FREE? ‘Cause it is. Totally.
~Film Series Curator, Chris X. Carroll
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