Robert Altman

Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson

Altman’s corrosive comedy about Buffalo Bill’s travelling Wild West show highlights white America’s delusional myths about itself.

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USA 1976
Dir Robert Altman
With Paul Newman, Geraldine Chaplin, Burt Lancaster, Joel Grey
123min
Video
Certificate 15

Loosely based on an Arthur Kopit play and set in the 1880s, this corrosive comedy – charting William Cody’s forlorn attempts to persuade Chief Sitting Bull, the new star of his travelling show, to act out a distorted version of recent history – is a timely reminder that white America has long peddled delusional myths about itself. Ubiquitously fine performances from a starry cast.