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It is a rare occasion when a film can inspire the viewer into wanting to read the book the movie was adapted from The book since I read it after I watched the movie was like a sequel to the movie The book is brilliantly written with excellent character development Indian humor and compassion I was surprised to find how vast the book was and so I found myself wondering how Chris Eyre was able to successfully pick and choose from the book to develop his movie Perhaps Eyres genius is in what he left out from the book rather than what he chose to include In the film version of Skins Chris Eyre paints with images and sounds what Adrian Louis paints with words in the book version In some ways it is easier to watch the film first because the characters have faces a history and a place in ones mind In a book the author has to spend time developing these images for the reader which takes time and precision In the film version Eric Schweig and Graham Greene play the main characters Eyres choice of actors was excellent Schweig plays Rudy Yellow Lodge a tribal police officer on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Rudys older brother Mogie played by Graham Greene is an alcoholic Rudy is frustrated by the oppression desperation alcoholism poverty and spousal abuse he has to contend with on a daily basis Some days he finds himself further tested when he has to arrest his own brother Mogie for being drunk and disorderly One day Rudy is called to the scene of a murder He is the first to arrive and sees one of the suspects escaping through an open window Rudy pursues the suspect As he runs in the pitch dark he trips and falls knocking himself out on a rock The rock does something more to him then to just give him a headache Contact
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