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"All I Can See Is the Flags": "Fort Apache" and the Visibility of History

Leland Poague
Cinema Journal
Vol. 27, No. 2 (Winter, 1988), pp. 8-26
DOI: 10.2307/1225023
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1225023
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

This essay attempts to historicize the visibility and readability of "Fort Apache" along two axes. First, it undertakes to reread the film's notorious conclusion by construing it against the earlier departure scene where questions of sight, distance, and institutional loyalty are raised. The essay's last section then undertakes a speculative reading of some of the ideological and institutional protocols that have worked to render such a view of the film unthinkable or invisible.

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