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Ramona, in response to Leonard Maltin's review
- Rita Sanchez
Sadly, Leonard Maltin's review of the classic film Ramona misses the mark entirely and I am surprised that Turner Classic Movies would present it as a lead review of this classic story. Maltin's review says nothing about it as an important historical narrative by Helen Hunt Jackson which reveals the way American Indians were maligned when the U.S. took over California in 1848, displacing them from their land. He also dismisses American history with his heartless review of it by calling Ramona an "Oft told tale doesn't wear well."Also notable about this film Ramona, the story was written by Helen Hunt Jackson, an important American author, one of the first ladies of American Literature. Helen Hunt Jackson was also an activist for the rights of displaced Indians. She made public pleas and protests for human rights, and addressed U.S. Congress to plead their cause; she wrote public a dissertation, called Century of Dishonor, the effects of the government's actions on Indians; addressed violations of U.S. Treaties; and sent a copy to every member of Congress; and finally, wrote the book Ramona, using the romance between Spanish and Indian to speak for the their cause, and to make these violations agains Indians Rights known to the public. Sadly, she died shortly after its publication.The book was purposefully dismissed by those lacking consciousness or by those who opposed land rights for Indians and thereby maligned as a light romantic story, bypassing Jackson's powerful message to awaken the public to the American Indians rightful place in history. Reprinted 300 times in and outside the U.S. The North American Review of Literature called Ramona the best novel yet produced by an American woman. Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona has never been out of print and so that Turner Classic Movies has yet to show tthis movie is great oversight.Respectfully submitted,Professor Rita SanchezSan Diego, California
- Edith Prost
I would like to see and/or purchase the 1936 movie Ramona with Loretta Young. I have visited Colorado Springs where the book Ramona was written, and found there much information about the author and Indian Activist Helen Hunt Jackson. It is a fascinating story about the author of the book and the work she did to promote and improve the Indian cause. The 1936 movie adaptation of the book is the last I believe of several, and the first of Ramona, filmed with sound and technicolor. Though I understand from reviews that the story may be "hokey", but that the early use of technicolor is well worth watching the film. I myself am eager to see for myself how the plot was handled in the film and enjoy Loretta Young. The book was a bit cumbersome to get through, but it was well received here and in Europe in the era in which it was written. Again, I am most eager to get my hands on the film and am having no luck finding it to purchase or view. Please move this film up on the priority list to show on TCM and to make it available for purchase on DVD. The story of the film, the author of the book and the plot of the Indian girl is a tribute to the accomplishments of a woman in the latter 1800's, (and from her point of view), the Indian cause and matters of racism, as well as the political implications of the Spanish turn over of California to American colonists, pioneers and government officials. Thank you so much.
I saw the movie when I was a child my Dads horses were used in the movie and he had a riding part in it as well wouild like to see it again enjoyed it then would love to see on television now
- David Ray
I just discovered the Book Ramona printed in 1884 and loved it. I have never seen the movie but wish I could. I know Loretta Young would be a great Ramona. Is it on DVD yet.???
Please release this in DVD
- Bernadette Wertley
I want my grandchildren to see this wonderful film. This was a must read book in high school and it would be a great learning tool for young children and even teens.
RAMONA Should be Seen More Often
- Devery Fairbanks
Hello ~I think the 1936 film RAMONA should be seen on TV more often. It should also be made into a DVD, VHS or both.Reson being, it is a very important film; benefiting all who are interested in California history, and those interested in Native American history. RAMONA is a very powerful and profound motion picture.Thank you.