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In the Land of the Head Hunters

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Genres: Classic, Silent
Director: Edward S. Curtis
Plot Synopsis:

Selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress 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 feature length dramas ever made a masterpiece filmed with and starring members of the Kwakwaka wakw (Kwakiutl) tribe of British Columbia. Curtis haunting melodrama, set before Europeans arrived on the North Pacific Coast, tells the story of a warrior s spiritual journey, of love won and lost, and of a battle between tribes to save the warrior s bride. The film s 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 Kwakwaka wakw s oral traditions and it accurately portrays rituals, including the potlatch, which were strictly prohibited by Canadian law until 1951.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: February 24th, 2015
    Movie Release Year: 1921
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Milestone
  • Technical Specs
    Length:66 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack
    Video Resolution/Codec:TBA
    Aspect Ratio(s):TBA
    Audio Formats:TBA
    Special Features:In the Land of the Head Hunters (Restoration of the 1914 version with original musical score, 66 mins, Tinted)
    In the Land of the War Canoes (1973 version by Bill Holm & George Quimby, 44 mins, B&W)
    The Image Maker and the Indians. Making-of documentary by Holm and Quimby (1979. Color, 16 mins.)
    Turning Point Ensemble and the score (2013, Color, 3 mins.)
    Optional English subtitles for the Kwak wala dialogue on the In the Land of the War Canoes soundtrack
    Documents of Encounter: The Head Hunters Reconstruction Project. (2014. Video, 38 mins.)
    Cultural Presentation by the Gwa wina Dancers. (2008. Color, 83 mins.)
    Commentary Track featuring Bill Holm, Andy Everson, and Aaron Glass, Edited by Keith Sanborn
    Still Gallery, courtesy of the University of Washington Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and Mick Gidley