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In the Land of the Headhunters Blu-ray
In the Land of the Headhunters

In the Land of the Headhunters

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Legendary photographer Edward S. Curtis devoted his life to documenting the world of Native Americans in firm belief that the information he gathered must be collected at once or the opportunity will be lost. In 1914, he created one of the first featurelength dramas ever made a masterpiece filmed with and starring members of the Kwakwakawakw (Kwakiutl) tribe of British Columbia. Curtis haunting melodrama, set before Europeans arrived on the North Pacific Coast, tells the story of a warriors spiritual journey, of love won and lost, and of a battle between tribes to save the warriors bride. The films attention to historic detail and Curtis legendary eye for composition make IN THE LAND OF THE HEAD HUNTERS one of the most beautiful films of the silent era and a stunning evocation of a culture famed for its incredible artistic heritage. Aspects of the film were based on he Kwakwakawakws oral traditions and it accurately portrays rituals, including the potlatch, which were strictly prohibited by Canadian law until 1951. Motana, the son of a great chief, must gain power from the spirit forces through a quest. His love is the beautiful Naida, a maiden who has been promised to the Sorcerer of another tribe. After Motana kills his rival in battle and marries his love, the dead mans brother attacks the village and kidnaps the bride. Although her captors plan to kill her, the beauty of Naidas dancing saves her life. But only Motana can lead his tribe in a daring raid to rescue her. Thefilms gala premieres in December 1914 featured the performance of an original orchestral score by composer John J. Braham. That composition, the earliest known for a feature film, was recently rediscovered. The Turning Point Ensembles rousig and beauti
Title: In the Land of the Headhunters
Genre: Drama-Classics
Director: Edward S. Curtis
Studio: Milestone Video
Number of Discs: 2
Attributes: Restored
Release Date: 2/24/2015
Original Year: 1914
Product Type: Blu-ray
UPC: 784148014456
Item #: 1461479X

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