Movie Review: Laughing Boy

Original Book and Cocktail Review

As with the book, I was completely blown away by how not-racist 1934’s Laughing Boy was. For a movie set on the Navajo reservation in — again — the 1930s, Native American culture and rituals are handled fairly respectfully, and many of the characters were played by actual Navajo actors. Moreover, the whole message of the film — which here is delivered much more heavy-handedly than it is in the novel — is about the harm of cultural imperialism. Continue reading