"Little Big Man" film classics study guide and quiz

"Little Big Man" film classics study guide and quiz
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"Little Big Man" is a 1970 Western film based on the 1964 comic novel by Thomas Berger. The film is about a white boy raised by the Cheyenne Nation during the 19th century. The film shows Jack Crabb in contrasting lives of being a native American and then being a pioneer. The film is mostly a satire, although it depicts the U.S. Cavalry as being mostly villainous. Jack Crabb vacillates between being Native and being a pioneer, depending on the complexity of the situation he is in at that particular point in time. The humor of the character is how quickly Jack is able to change 'sides' and personas to fit the predicaments in which he finds himself. Throughout the film Jack Crabb is a Cheyenne captive, a gunslinger, a friend of Wild Bill Hickok, a scout for Gen. George Custer, a tribal member, a mule-skinner, snake-oil salesman, general store partner, a husband, father, a trapper and hermit. The film opens with Jack Crabb being 121 years old telling his life story to a history buff. Only Dustin Hoffman could play this character who quickly morphs into varying characters/cultures with such ease. This film is delightfully funny most of the time, yet does touch on a tragic time in the American quest for more and more land. Viewing this film will expose youth to some American History as well as help students to appreciate the difficulty of the acting craft. (A teacher needs to point out the historical inaccuracies and then explain what taking 'poetic license' means in the creation of a great film/story). (Feedback about this item is really appreciated and I invite you to become a follower to receive notices of SALES, FREEBIES and new items posted). Thank You!!
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