Finally caught up with In einem wilden Land.
121 minutes and 29 seconds of a traditional American-style western. Female-lead story about political refugees fleeing to America to find freedom, only to get sidetracked on the Gulf Coast of Texas by colonial politics and Comanche depredations. German, Spanish and French immigrants are represented together with the Comanche nation. Out of the frying pan, into the fire. The period detail is expertly done, with reasonably accurate costumes, military uniforms and props. The Comanches are over-dressed; they should be mostly naked, painted and feathered in the sweltering heat. Capetown, South Africa stands in for Texas in 1844, the cap and ball period which leads to an interesting take on guns vs. arrow fights. The wounds look convincing, blood flows as it should, and more importantly the violence done to characters has emotional impact. Although I couldn’t understand a word of it in German, visual story-telling conveys the gist of it. The film looks good, plays well, and has an enthusiasm that I find refreshing.
Excellent hi-def transfer.
I’d buy it again in a English-friendly edition.