"A pre-Columbus Dances with Wolves..."
Boston Phoenix (10/14/94)
"'Kilian's Chronicle' is a beautifully shot tale of a confrontation
between a European man and a New England Indian tribe. It has a twist that
makes it a true original -- it's set 500 years before Columbus reached
the New World. ... The performances are on the mark, with [Christopher]
Johnson an appealing hero and [Eva] Kim a comely presence... Robert McDonough
is a suitably frightening adversary as the Viking who vows that Kilian
will be recaptured... Tech credits are nearly flawless."
"...A sweetly well-meaning family film..."
New York Times 10/6/95)
"...Agreeably lyrical and unpretentious.... The film's aimed more
at family audiences than art-house mavens, and its romantic, folkloric
air has an appealing lack of forced sophistication."
New York Press (10/10/95)
"A film that could be termed ground-breaking.... Gentle interaction
is at the heart of this film.... I recommend it. The two lead male actors
are just wonderful!"
Dixie Whatley, WCVB-TV (11/2/94)
"Adventure and romance in the New World... " The film is
"...appealing... eye-opening... winning,... beautiful." It deals
with "... culture clash and the struggle against intolerance."
The Boston Globe (10/5/94)
A "...beautifully rendered 'Kilian's Chronicle' entertains and
informs.... An intriguing adventure.... Berger has the great ability to
create memorable characters just through dialogue.... There are some exciting
action sequences.... But interest in the film is generated mainly through
relationships, and ... in the intellectual ideas Berger puts forth....
" The "...gentle rhythm ... is enhanced by R. Carlos Nakai's
transcendent flute solos. ...The locations have been used to great advantage
by director of photography John Hoover, who has shot them in loving closeups
to underscore the importance of the land to these people.... Without being
preachy or sacchrine 'Kilian's Chronicle' demonstrates movingly how once
upon a time men shared the land they inherited and taught one another their
life's lesson. It's a film the whole family can learn from and enjoy. "
The Patriot Ledger (10/5/94)
"Killian's Chronicle" "... tells the saga of Indians
with great beauty. ... [It] is expertly paced and entertaining throughout....
It never drags. And while it has points to push - all cultures are valuable,
we can learn from each other, the land must be respected - few viewers
will feel they are being sold a bill of goods.... The performances, particularly
Christopher Johnson as the slave Kilian, are exceptional... And the score,
made up of ... Celtic tunes and other songs based on Viking and Native
American music, effectively summons the proper moods. Overall this film
is a winner... thoughtful and warm..."
The Day (12/16/94)
World wide sales handled through Amazing Movies
Title has been changed for this distributor to "The Magic Stone"
7471 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046.
Tel. 213/ 852-1396. Fax: 213/ 658-7265. Telex: 4940001.
CONTACT: Pamela Berger, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02167
tel: (617) 552-8588 email: Berger@BC.EDU
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