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A film by Kent Mackenzie
The Exiles chronicles one night in the lives of a group of young American Indians living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles. Based entirely on interviews with the participants and their friends, the film follows this group of exiles - transplants from Southwest reservations - as they flirt, drink, party, fight, and dance. With its vivid, high-contrast black and white photography, and soundtrack by The Revels, Kent Mackenzie's gritty, frills-free depiction of this marginalised Los Angeles community draws comparisons to John Cassavetes, Charles Burnett and Vittorio De Seta.
- Four shorts by Kent Mackenzie: Bunker Hill 1956 (1956), A Skill for Molina (1964), The Story of a Rodeo Cowboy (1962) and Ivan and His Father (1970)
- Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003): extracts from Thom Anderson's film
- Last Days of Angels Flight (1969): a short film by Robert Kirste
- Bunker Hill: A tale of Urban Removal (2009: a short film by Greg Kimble
- White Fawn's Devotion (1910): a short film by James Youngdeer, thought to be the first directed by an American Indian
- 2008 theatrical trailer
- Feature commentary by Sherman Alexie and Sean Axmaker, plus audio interviews with Charles Burnett and a panel discussion with the cast and crew
- Downloadable PDF files (DVD-ROM) of Kent Mackenzie's scripts, Master's thesis, press kits and much more
- Feature audio: PCM dual mono (48k/16-bit)
USA | 1961 | black and white | English, with optional hard-of-heariing subtitles | 70 minutes + 111 minutes extra material | DVD9 and DVD5 | 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD
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The movie adequately opens with numerous beautiful, historical photos - mostly portraits of Native Americans throughout time --, and right away we are told that "white men sent Indians to reservations, but some went to the city," and we immediately meet one of the several characters that we'll see in the next 72 minutes. We follow them in what turns out to be great part of a day in their lives, beginning when pregnant Yvonne arrives home one afternoon, where she finds several mostly unemployed men, bored as they could possible be, wasting time in nonsense. From then on, we follow them into their night rituals. The women mostly stay home or go to the movies; the men, however, have or apparently have all the fun. They go gambling, partying, drinking, getting high, and skirt-chasing. They do this until the sun rises, and repeat this destructive cycle every day.
"The Exiles" is an unpretentious, sincere film, done with the heart, and the director apparently allowed the actors - mostly Native Americans -- to be themselves and play their culture. This exceptional movie depicts a well-known, sad part of our society, with defeated human beings, with defeated minds, as the main characters. It doesn't matter where the plot takes place - the city or the reservation --, the stories are always the same. This is especially revealed in the long scene in which the boys go to party on a hill in the city Los Angeles known as Hill X, in which they drink and play the drums all night long, as they did in their reservations. This is their way to reminisce about their culture, their parents, their childhood, and their land.
"The Exiles" also captures a part of Los Angeles that is gone, because the whole film takes place in that city, mostly in a place known as Bunker Hill. We get to see how the neighborhood was during the early sixties, including the famous Angel's Flight, which was located in that area. Angels' Flight was out of business for a while, but it was recently rebuilt as a tourist attraction. Sadly, the neighborhood didn't have the same luck: it was demolished to make way to corporate buildings, which constitute the current landscape of downtown Los Angeles. This story is identical to the fate that a place known as Chavez Ravine had. It was a happy site, mostly populated by Mexican immigrants, which was demolished to build Dodger Stadium -- in short, the history of brown people. In addition, there are scenes filmed in Grand Central Market, in Downtown Los Angeles, a place which, for some reason, has been able to survive and thrive all these years. For us, who live in this weird and controversial city, it is important to see all this visual historical records.
In addition of the film, this magnificent two-disc DVD set is loaded with historical extras, featuring several shorts by Kent Mackenzie, including "A Skill for Molina", "Story of a Rodeo Cowboy", and "Ivan and his Father." It also includes the documentary "Bunker Hill: A tale of Urban Renewal" by Greg Kimble, and "White Fawn's Devotion: the First Native American Film. Furthermore, this remarkable DVD set also features audio bonuses, like "The Leonard Lopate Show," with Sherman Alexie and Sean Axmaker, as well as interviews with these two personalities. Finally, there is also a DVD-ROM, with downloadable material, including "The Exiles" scripts (including the final version), publicity material, production history on "Bunker Hill," "The Making of The Exiles" (MacKenzie's Master Thesis), and much more. (USA, 1961, B&W and color, 72 min with additional material).
Reviewed on November 9, 2009 by Eric Gonzalez from [...].
The period is further brought to life via some of the accompanying featurettes. There are documentary studies of Bunker Hill and Angels Flight (the funicular railway) that reveal the grandeur that had fallen into decay by 1958. There are also some native American featurettes.
The two-disc set has something for everyone, spanning elements of history, architecture, sociology, and psychology. The film is no musty lecture, but a living document that brings the past back to life. The DVD's transfer and supplemental features are superb.
Beautifully photographed in black and white with striking night-time street scenes, the original Angels Flight funicular, the old houses on Bunker Hill and the tunnel under it. Mackenzie's camera captures wonderful unscripted details in the crowded bar scenes, and the performances of his nonprofessional cast seem natural and spontaneous. Originally made as a student film at USC, "The Exiles" has stood up remarkably well for its 50 years and rewards viewers with a multi-layered portrayal of lives lived in a moment of history. Two-disc set with extensive supporting materials.
If you've had enough of screenplay-guru-influenced, pre-digested American film, buy or rent this movie today!