Jim Thorpe--About the Film
This is a film about a man who used his amazing physical prowess as a way to affirm his American Indian identity in the face of unrelenting efforts to eradicate Native American culture. It is the first documentary film to tell the story of Thorpe’s life outside of his well-known athletic victories.The film uses in-depth interviews with Thorpe’s surviving children, some simple recreations and images culled from over seventy-five archive sources, both stills and motion picture.
Presented by Native American Public Television, the film will air on U.S. public television stations in fall 2009 and winter 2010.
Comment: The summary pretty much sums it up. The documentary is a bit on the glowing side; it begins with the omnipresent flute music and glosses over Thorpe's drinking and spendthrift ways. But Jim Thorpe is a solid look at the athlete's life.
A few things I learned about Thorpe:
The movie doesn't mention Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, or the controversy over Thorpe's burial place. That may be for the best.
Rob's rating: 8.0 of 10. Check it out if you get the chance.
For more on Thorpe, see Three Native Olympic Gold Medalists and The NFL's Oorang Indians.