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The Exiles1961

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Selected to premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival and for the Library of Congress' National Film Registry in 2009, THE EXILES is an incredible feature film by Kent Mackenzie chronicling a day in the life of a group of twenty-something Native Americans who left reservation life in the 1950s to live in the district of Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, California. Bunker Hill was then a blighted residential locality of decayed Victorian mansions, sometimes featured in the writings of Raymond Chandler, John Fante and Charles Bukowski. The structure of the film is that of a narrative feature, the script pieced together from interviews with the documentary subjects. The film features Yvonne Williams, Homer Nish and Tommy Reynolds.

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one of my all time favorite movies. essential viewing.

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one of my all time favorite movies. essential viewing.

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Agreed. A revelation when I first saw it.

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A-mazing! A lost world is brought back to life. Bunker Hill, the long gone, noir-tainted epicenter of down & out downtown Los Angeles, pulsates in monochrome. This simple, straight-shooting docudrama captures people wandering on streets that no longer exist in a lost America of a distant era, yet this is a film that seems light years ahead of its time. Movies such as “The Exiles” exemplify the power of Fandor: that which was once obscure is now readily available for all to view and experience.

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