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The Red Man's View

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The Red Man's View
Play film; runtime 00:14:35.
Directed byD. W. Griffith
Written byFrank E. Woods
StarringOwen Moore
James Kirkwood
CinematographyG. W. Bitzer
Release date
  • December 9, 1909 (1909-12-09)
Running time
14-15 minutes
(1 reel, 971 feet)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent with English title card

The Red Man's View (also cited The Redman's View) is a 1909 American short silent Western film directed by D. W. Griffith and shot in New York state. Prints of the film exist in the film archives of the Museum of Modern Art and the Library of Congress.[1] According to the New York Dramatic Mirror, the film is about "the helpless Indian race as it has been forced to recede before the advancing white, and as such is full of poetic sentiment".[2] In his 2003 publication The Invention of the Western Film: A Cultural History of the Genre's First Half Century, film historian Scott Simon observes that "the film's title works out to mean 'The Red Man's Point of View', and for all the film's difficulty in making drama from a long, passive march, there's nothing like The Red Man's View in Hollywood until John Ford's Cheyenne Autumn more than fifty years later".[3]

A remake starring Daniel Baldwin, Saginaw Grant, Booboo Stewart, Elaine Miles, Michael Spears, and Crystal Lightning was scheduled to be released in 2017.[4]


See also


  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Red Man's View". Silent Era. Retrieved July 16, 2008.
  2. ^ Thomas Cripps, Hollywood's High Noon: Moviemaking and Society Before Television, JHU Press, 1997, p. 27
  3. ^ Simon, Scott. The Invention of the Western Film: A Cultural History of the Genre's First Half Century. Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 55-56.
  4. ^ "The Red Man's View, featuring all-star Native American cast". East County Magazine. Retrieved November 1, 2020.
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