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Glass reportedly spared Fitzgerald's life because he would be killed by the army captain for killing a soldier of the United States Army. Like Fitzgerald, though, Huston is positioned as the villain who tells the men to watch Bass and kill him if he’s still clinging to life by morning. It’s to say that Man in the Wilderness doesn’t have to resort to being obtuse and declaring itself a “difficult” movie to tell Glass’ story. My painful duty it is to tell you of the death of your son who befell at the hands of the Indians 2nd June in the early morning. The journey took him six weeks. The 1971 film Man in the Wilderness tells basically the same story as The Revenant. While smoking with him in his lodge, Glass noticed their equipment being taken by the residents and realized it was a trap. Even though Wilderness is based on true events, Sarafain has decided to make it more of a fictional tale, so in this version we follow the story of Zachary Bass, played by Richard Harris, who we will come back to. Bruh. The set-up is very similar, showing the men traveling with their newly acquired pelts. I mean why?! He is best known for his story of survival and forgiveness after being left for dead by companions when he was mauled by a grizzly bear. [7] Glass allegedly escaped by swimming to shore near what is present-day Galveston, Texas. [12], Henry asked for two volunteers to stay with Glass until he died and then bury him. The climax, in which Bass confronts Huston’s character, defines why The Man in the Wilderness is a story about a man finding true redemption and forgiveness while The Revenant is just about a guy killing another guy. How Hollywood Killed the Young Adult Fantasy Genre. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Glass just stares into the camera as the credits begin to roll. "Of Monsters and Men Biography". It’s almost as if with each passing grisly sequence of The Revenant the director is grinding your nose in the world’s senseless brutality. There is no writing from Hugh Glass himself to corroborate the veracity of it. This isn’t to say you should take the easy way out and not have to engage with a quote-unquote “difficult” movie. trying to get as much as my writing out into the world as possible. First, it’s based on the true life story of Hugh Glass second, in 1971 a similar film called Man in the Wilderness was released. So take your pick. After recovering from his wounds, Glass set out again to find Fitzgerald and "Bridges". He was relieved to find his knife and flint in his shot pouch and traveled to Fort Kiowa, surviving off the land. Their leader, who was known by Glass, declared the tribe to be friendly and invited them in so the men went ashore. Of Monsters and Men. Man in the Wilderness is a drama forced into the clothes of a Western, and it just doesn’t fit. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition). Glass and the rest of the Ashley Party eventually returned to Fort Kiowa to regroup for the trip west. Yes, great, thanks, Alejandro, we understand. Although originally published anonymously, it was later revealed to be the work of James Hall, brother of The Port Folio's editor. The production was incredible, the anticipation and tension before its release was high, and of course Mr. DiCaprio finally won his Oscar. However, there are a couple of facts that some people may not know about The Revenant and its past. Richard Harris starred in the best cinematic version of Hugh Glass' epic survival story. There is a debate whether Bridges was actually famed mountain man Jim Bridger.[15]. Still. It is gripping and tense right up to the final shot. As much as I have stomped on Man in the Wilderness, it was a good film for its time. He died a little while after he was shot and asked me to inform you of his sad fate. He had festering wounds, a broken leg, and deep cuts on his back that exposed his bare ribs. His things we will send to you. The two protagonists are very different but do definitely have similarities, because they are supposed to be the same guy. "Saga of Hugh Glass: Pirate, Pawnee and Mountain Man", "Hugh Glass, Mountain Man", Robert M. McClung (1990), The Saga of Hugh Glass, Pirate, Pawnee, and Mountain Man, a book by John Myers Myers, University of Nebraska Press, 1976, This page was last edited on 13 October 2020, at 17:08. [16] The men quickly fled but two were killed by the pursuing war party. One is a largely forgotten spaghetti western-esque studio take on a survival movie, while the other will probably win best picture at the Oscars this year. They both portray the survival struggle of Glass, who (in the best historical accounts) crawled and stumbled 200 miles (320 km) to Fort Kiowa, South Dakota, after being abandoned without supplies or weapons by fellow explorers and fur traders during General Ashley's expedition of 1823. Large swaths of the runtime are dedicated to just showing Harris, who has about 20 words in the whole thing, walking or crawling from screen-left to screen-right. Glass managed to hide behind some rocks until the Arikara gave up their search, but was separated from the two other survivors. [5][6], Glass was born in Pennsylvania, to Scots-Irish parents. Gleeson’s Captain clearly wants to keep Glass alive, without putting the rest of the group in much danger, whereas Huston wants Bass dead within hours of the bear attack. It’s not bad, but I’m glad that they made The Revenant, as it finally gave us a version of this story that is not only acted to an extremely high standard but is also visually stunning. Conversely, I found Glass in The Revenant to be hard-willed, suffering and quite possibly the manliest man out there. The turning point for this story is the bear attack, it is the key moment that starts this epic story. We brought him to the ship when he soon died. Wouldn’t have been that hard. He was later rumored to have been captured by the Pawnee tribe, with whom he lived for several years. However, the captain asked Fitzgerald to return the stolen rifle to Glass, and before departing Glass warned Fitzgerald never to leave the army, or he would still kill him. In The Revenant, Glass is out to get revenge on the man who killed his only son, Fitzgerald, whereas Bass is a bit annoyed at Fitzgerald for leaving him, but really is out to kill the Captain for leaving him behind. Bass doesn’t even fight back, which really gives me no reason to want him to live. The immediate difference that we can see with this film is that the producers have changed the character’s name. He eventually traveled to Fort Henry on the Yellowstone River but found it deserted. Just eat it, don’t feed it your food! Westerns in the 70’s were as ubiquitous as superhero films now. 2011, "Hugh Glass, mountain man: 'Revenant' tale intertwines with Montana history", "Hugh Glass: Mountain Man | Civil War, American Indian Wars, Pioneers (1801-1900) | American History | Articles", "Best served cold: the terrifying true story behind The Revenant", "Timeline - The Real Story of Hugh Glass", "Grizzly Attack - The Real Story of Hugh Glass", "The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds : 5 - Hugh Glass", "Monument Guys (TV Series 2015– ) - IMDb", "John Lopez Unveils Monument to Hugh Glass Near the Site of His Epic Fight With a Grizzly Bear - SDPB", "Leonardo DiCaprio will make his return in The Revenant", "Hugh Glass: The Irishman who inspired the,, Articles with unsourced statements from July 2017, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Frontiersman, trapper, fur trader, hunter, explorer. I'm a journalism student at the University of Lincoln with a love for cinema. Another version of the story was told in an episode of Death Valley Days titled "Hugh Glass Meets a Bear", with a release date of March 24, 1966. Master Ashley is bound to stay in these parts till the traitors are rightly punished. Check out my blog for some more of my ramblings, not necessarily about films. At least in The Revenant they have an excuse for leaving him behind. Yet the man lives, and literally crawls through the mountains to pursue revenge. The wintry, mountainous setting makes a lot more sense than the desert/forest that Bass wanders through. Man in the Wilderness is by no stretch a good movie. Captain Henry in both stories is also a rather interesting contrast. It also doesn’t include the murdered son character so prominent to the plot of The Revenant. That’s right: in Man in the Wilderness Captain Henry has his men and horses dragging along a huge boat on wheels to get it to the Mississippi River. The savages are greatly treacherous. [13][14] Later, claiming that they were interrupted by attacking Arikara, the pair grabbed the rifle, knife, and other equipment belonging to Glass and took flight. The men were convinced Glass would not survive his injuries; nevertheless, they carried Glass on a litter for two days, but doing so greatly slowed the pace of the group's travel. It’s also hopelessly cheesy at times, as when an obvious man-in-a-bear-suit attacks. Granted, this was because they shot the movie in Italy in the ‘70s where they could put anything short of snuff footage on-screen. Let’s set the scene. Riveting stuff. The story gets boring, the portrayal of the Native Americans is questionable, and I had no reason to want Bass to survive. [16] Glass and his party discovered a settlement of 38 lodges of Arikara. I’ve scoured the Internet and can find no reason for the name change other than to keep it fictional. That brutality works in service to a greater story. In The Revenant, the Captain is portrayed by a man who has been taking Hollywood by storm, with his range of skills and performances, Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Force Awakens ), who plays the character very differently to his Man in the Wilderness counterpart John Huston (The Maltese Falcon).

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