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One of Those Great Little Scenes: Smoke Signals (1998)

Not a lot of people know Smoke Signals, which is really quite a genius little film penned by great American Indian author Sherman Alexie, based on his novel, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. For those of you who have seen the film, I don’t have to tell you how truly great it is. But for those of you who haven’t, I will simply say that you must see it! And I don’t use the word ‘must’ lightly. Anyway, our scene this week is from this awesome little movie.



Think Napoleon Dynamite going to an Indian Reservation, and you’ve got this movie. But this scene stands out among all the others, a great resolution to the funny, moving, and complex story that we have witnessed. In this scene, we see the change that our beloved characters have undergone, but we also see that they have not lost what makes them fundamentally good and likable characters. Mesh this together with awesome camerawork (shoutout to the DP), authentic and powerful music, and beautifully poetic language, and you have not only transcended the depth of Napoleon Dynamite or any other film of this nature, but you realize that you have not just seen this film, you have experienced it.


About Errol Teichert

A young filmmaker, a budding playwright, and a freelance critic.

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