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Buffalo Dance

Film Review by Dean Duncan May 27, 2015

Looks like they’re having fun. They’re definitely dancing well. And are they ever looking at the camera!

The exoticism of this little actuality had to have been enormously interesting. It still is. It might have been a bit confusing too. How do I respond to this phenomenon? What’s informing it, and how do I understand it? What’s going on here?

What went for cultural distance at the time the film was made now goes double, with a chronological remove added to the cultural. Scholars that contextualize are always helpful, but in situations like these we kind of need them!