Vestens Børn (1917)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Indian maiden To-To falls in love with a white biologist lost in the wilderness in this early silent western. Their love proves upsetting to To-To's romantic rival Narrova, who calls for action from the elders. To-To's father, Chief Big Eagle, intervenes, and the lovers are permitted to marry. In a fit of racial fury, Narrova burns down their block house, killing both her rival To-To and the Chief. Years later in the Big City, the result of the star-crossed union, a son, falls in love with Narrova's daughter. Cooler heads prevail this time, however, and the youngsters live happily ever after. This primitive western melodrama was not filmed in California, or even New Jersey, but in pleasant, faraway Denmark by the Great Northern company. Few Danes -- indeed few Europeans -- had any real knowledge of the American West, and the quiet Danish birch woods were considered a realistic enough substitute for the west. It was much harder to swallow Copenhagen -- ancient church spires and all --standing in for Manhattan!

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biology, daughter, killing, love-choices, maiden, Native-American, racial-tension, rival, son, star-crossed-lovers, White (Caucasian), wilderness