Three years after the end of the Apache wars, peacemaking chief Cochise dies. His elder son Taza shares his ideas, but brother Naiche yearns for war…and for Taza’s betrothed, Oona. Naiche loses no time in starting trouble which, thanks to a bigoted cavalry officer, ends with the proud Chiricahua Apaches on a reservation, where they are soon joined by the captured renegade Geronimo, who is all it takes to light the firecracker’s fuse…
Rod Crawford <[email protected]>
User Reviews: Don’t get me wrong.I’ve always been a big fan of Deltlef Sierck (Douglas Sirk in America)and most of his melodramas are among my all time favorites : "A time to live and a time to die ","All that Heaven allows" "Magnificent obsession" " Tarnished angels" "Written on the wind" plus those with Zarah Leander in Germany not to forget his final effort ,the remake of "imitation of life".
THis remake was drastically different from Stahl’s version:the black servant Delilah became Annie and the only thing she could expect in life was a beautiful funeral.In Stahl’s version (and in Fannie Hurst’s novel) she was a businesswoman’s associate ,in Sirk’s screenplay she stayed the good servant -not very far away from GWTW’s Mamma-who knew her place.
Still with me?I do think that,in spite of Sirk’s storyteller qualities and good scenes (the discovery of the bruises on Barbara Rush’s back),"Taza" is also a reactionary work .Taza (who in real life died of pneumonia two years after his dad)predates Annie in "Imitation" :he is the good Indian,who knows his place ,who (this is amazing) dresses like them ,who rebels against his people’s customs and even fights them;on the other hand ,Geronimo (and his allies) plays the role of the villain : "we were hunters, warriors,we won’t be breeders ".After all ,the white men are taking their land and sending them to reservations:his rebellion makes sense.
Rock Hudson,who was Sirk’s favorite actor (his best parts were certainly "All that Heaven allows" and "Magnificent Obsession" -another remake of a Stahl’s work-) ,is not well cast as an Indian.And what about Barbara Rush as a squaw?Debra Paget was acceptable ("Broken Arrow"),she is not.