Westerns With a Twist (1966)
|Like Spaghetti Westerns, the Red Westerns are classic American Westerns created far, far from the American West - in this case, by Communist East Germany's legendary DEFA Film Studios. Turning the traditional American cowboy and Indian movies on their head, these beautifully shot films made the Native Americans the heroes, and cast the American Army and white settlers as villians - with obvious Cold War overtones. Gojko Mitic, the famous Serbian actor, stuntman, director and author, stars in all three films. Includes: APACHES, THE SONS OF GREAT BEAR, and CHINGACHGOOK: THE GREAT SNAKE.|
APACHES: On the eve of the Mexican-American war, a young Apache warrior sets out to avenge the extermination of his tribe.
THE SONS OF GREAT BEAR: Gojko Mitic stars as the fearless chief Tokei-ihto, whose Dakota tribe is being driven from the land of their ancestors.
CHINGACHGOOK: Based on a novel by James Fenimore Cooper. French colonists are fighting the English; each use Indian tribes as their allies.
Editor's NoteMade in Communist East Germany, these fascinating, well-made, distinctly anti-American propaganda films retell the story of the American West through the point of view of the wronged Native Americans...or what their point of view might well have been, had they been Communists. Three stellar examples of the odd genre are included here, all starring the famous Serbian writer, filmmaker, and versatile actor Gojko Mitic: APACHES, THE SONS OF GREAT BEAR, and CHINGACHGOOK: THE GREAT SNAKE (based on the book by James Fenimore Cooper).
|Gottfried Kolditz - [Apaches] Director|
|Josef Mach - [Sons] Director|
|Richard Groschopp - [Chingachgook] Director|