Frontier Partisan Cinema — The Rover

April 20, 2014
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This forthcoming Aussie film looks intense. From I Am Rogue. The Rover is part of a proud Australian tradition: the post-apocalyptic highway western.  This isn’t a silly zombie apocalypse, though.  It’s a plausibly desolate scorched landscape in which savagery and hopelessness are constant.  Ten years after civilization gave way and anarchy was loosed upon the [...]

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Photographing the Legend

April 14, 2014
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He could paint the light on horsehide shining Great passing herds of the buffalo And a cow camp cold on a rainy morning And the twisting wrist of the hoolihan throw — Ian Tyson, “The Gift” No one stands higher in the pantheon of artists who have portrayed the American West than Charles M. Russell. [...]

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Frontier Partisan Legend in AMC Spy Drama

April 5, 2014
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Tomorrow marks the premier episode of AMC’s Revolutionary War spy drama “Turn.” (9 p.m. Sunday, April 6). Major Robert Rogers, a Frontier Partisan legend if ever there was one, will be featured. Alas for Rogers’ legion of (ahem!) partisans, it looks like he’s portrayed (by Angus MacFadyen) as a villain. Which, of course, he was, [...]

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Eccentric Cowboy Writes up Karamojo Bell

April 5, 2014
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Regular reader Eccentric Cowboy has written a blog piece on one of my favorite Frontier Partisans — the great elephant hunter Karamojo Bell. In addition to his exploits in Africa, where he was famous for taking elephants with light rifles, he also hunted the Yukon during the great gold rush. His memoirs are spendy but [...]

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Boone Documentary Near Completion

April 1, 2014

Witnessing History reports that their major new Daniel Boone documentary is within weeks of completion. I have pre-ordered a copy and had expected to see it by mid-April. Looks like that is pushed back to May, but no matter — just heightens the anticipation. Here’s what their website says: We are less than four weeks [...]

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One Shot, Six Kills

April 1, 2014
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  The shades of Timothy Murphy, Billy Dixon, Francis Pegahmagabow, Maj. Hesketh-Prichard  and other Frontier Partisan snipers must be smiling. This from Britain’s The Telegraph: A British sniper in Afghanistan killed six insurgents with a single bullet after hitting the trigger switch of a suicide bomber whose device then exploded, The Telegraph has learnt. The [...]

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Ballads of the Frontier Partisans — Shamrock City

March 30, 2014
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Saw something wonderful last night, Good People. The Sisters Folk Festival presented its final Winter Concert of the season with a multimedia presentation by the powerhouse Irish-American band Solas. Solas is just finishing up a tour of their album “Shamrock City.” It’s a genuine “concept album” (remember those?). It is built around the story of [...]

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Gat Howard

March 26, 2014
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Arthur “Gat” Howard lived a colorful life — and died game in one of many sketchy incidents of the Anglo-Boer War. His nickname came from his expertise with the Gatling Gun. Gat was an American and served in the U.S. Cavalry before settling into a berth with the Connecticut National Guard. During the North-West Rebellion in [...]

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Frontier Partisan Cinema — New Worlds

March 24, 2014
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Ralphus over at Flintlock & Tomahawk provided a heads-up on a new historical drama from the BBC. “New Worlds” is described as “gripping historical drama set in the turbulent 1680s. This sequel to ‘The Devil’s Whore’ takes place on both sides of the Atlantic, as two young men and two young women commit their lives [...]

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Frontier Partisan Cinema — Rhodes

March 22, 2014
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Even well-educated folks in America don’t now who Cecil Rhodes was. Amazing. In the late 19th Century, he was one of the richest men in the world and his imperial dreams moved armies and shook markets. He conquered a country that was named after him and established the Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford. Today, largely forgotten. [...]

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