Geronimo: An American Legend directed by Walter Hill
"History is written by the conquerors," Braveheart's narrator announced, but how many Mel Gibson lovers took full measure of that privileged boast? In the past decade, whenever nonwinners tried to rewrite history at the movies (Spielberg's Amistad, Melvin Van Peebles' script for Panther and now Norman Jewison's The Hurricane), they caught hell from status-quo conservators. So when asked to select a neglected film for the American Museum of the Moving Image's "The New York Film Critics Circle Looks at the Nineties" series, I chose Walter Hill's Geronimo: An American Legend (and will introduce it at AMMI on Feb. 13, 2 p.m.). Hill's elegy reviews American history with a rich appreciation for ongoing, personal, even spiritual, conflict. And, not incidentally, it is the most visually astonishing western since the days of John Ford.