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Racism in 1920s Australia
written by talltale November 16, 2005 - 9:08 PM PST
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Finally getting a long overdue--the movie was made in 2002--but not particularly decent DVD release (the transfer is too-often blurry), THE TRACKER is worth a watch. The story, scenery and performances make up for the lack of DVD quality. Australia in the 1920s is the backdrop for a manhunt in the wilds, as three whites and their aboriginal tracker do the hunting, besieged quietly along the way by the odd spear. The cruelty of the white leader toward the abos is grueling and awful, even though there is little on-screen violence (cutting away to an artist's impression of the violence is an interesting choice here).

Just when you wonder if you can withstand any more of the casual racism and cruelty, a change occurs, and the movie changes with it. Be sure to watch the wonderful documentary included on the DVD about the life and work of Aborigine actor (and "Tracker" star) David Gulpilil. It's as good as the film itself.


(Average 6.50)
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